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The GB skeleton gold medallist, Amy Williams, has had to move to a bungalow, such is the damage to her body from her sport.





Amy Williams, GB's only medallist in the 2010 Games in Vancouver, has been describing the long-term effects on her body of her sport.

The 36-year old said four knee operations and her "dodgy back" meant she could no longer manage stairs.

She has sold her flat and moved into a bungalow.

Amy was awarded an MBE in 2010, retired in 2012.

"I'm a little bit broken," she said to BBC Radio 5 live.

"My knees really do not like stairs or doing much at all. It's hard because I'm still an active person. I still love to keep fit. I started to do lots of yoga which is less stressful on the knees. I still like to go for a jog but if I go too far I then can't really walk for a week."

She blames her poor knees on the wear and tear of training since she was a teenager.

After retiring she went into TV presenting and has fronted BBC's Ski Sunday.

She was part of the BBC's commentary team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

She has also teamed up with our good friends over at Momentum Ski.

Appearing as a panellist at the Alpine Business Forum which is part of the City Ski Championships.

Amy Williams at the City Ski ChampionshipsAmy Williams at the City Ski Championships















And taking some clients on a winter holiday that included the skeleton at the track near Innsbruck in the Tirol.

It raises the whole question of the cost of sport on the athletes themselves - both mentally and physically.

At the extreme, and very rare end, there is the tragedy of the young GB snowboarder, Ellie Soutter, who took her own life on her 18th birthday.

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And then the countless other athletes who have long term damage to their body after years of competing and training.

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