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Inside Lines: The (n)ice girl who has an entire nation whooshing on a star

According to the BBC, Amy Williams was unknown before winning the bob skeleton gold medal in Vancouver – but not to readers of this newspaper. Exactly a year ago we tipped her as the one to watch in the Winter Olympics in our Going for Gold series. The chemistry professor's daughter from Bath told us: "I know in my heart I can beat everyone out there." Now she has, wiping the ice with them, and Britain has a new star, one who took up one of the sport's most hazardous pursuits as "a bit of a giggle" and called the 90mph bone-shaking skeleton in her cupboard "Arthur". Williams has a personality as bubbly as her coiffure (her nickname is "Curly Wurly") and the temperament to handle all the pressure that inevitably will come her way as the nation's latest Golden Girl. A few things perhaps you didn't know about the former 400-metre runner: she plays the violin, loves horses, makes wedding cakes and tiaras as a hobby and hopes to get an art degree so she can open her own gallery. And she doesn't have a boyfriend: "I'm still looking for that rich polo player," she says. Britain is about to fall in love with Amy. In times when sport is being dragged through the mud, it's refreshing to be able to applaud the skill and courage of the nice girl with the winning streak.

Sport on TV: Dr Ice keeps his cool as double lugers huddle up to keep warm

Rumours that the greatest apologist – sorry, golfer – in the world, Tiger Woods, has been summoned by the organisers of the Winter Olympics to say sorry for the lack of snow are unfounded. But it might not be a bad idea for him to go up to Vancouver. Relations between the serial cheat and his wife Elin are so icy that he is not just walking around under a cloud, he's enswirled in a full-scale blizzard. But frigid he ain't.

Williams reaches the top on sliding scale

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A golden triumph in Vancouver

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Williams win is a 'ray of sunshine'

Family and friends of Britain's latest Olympic hero were today celebrating her success back at home, along with other sports stars. Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe called her win "a big ray of sunshine".

James Lawton: Even at the Olympics, everyone stopped as Woods spoke on far side of continent

Everything stopped here at the XXI Winter Olympics because suddenly any shift in the medal table seemed rather less momentous than the baring of the soul of arguably still the world's most compelling sportsman.

Winter Olympics Notebook: Skater not 'true champ'

Figure Skating: Men's figure-skating silver medallist, Yevgeny Plushenko, has claimed Evan Lysacek (who won the gold), is not a "true champion" because he did not attempt a quadruple jump, the move considered the most difficult in figure skating, in either Tuesday's short or Thursday's free programmes. Oooh, get him. Lyasek doesn't seem too bothered.

The Lindsey Vonn phenomenon

America's sweetheart has taken Vancouver by storm – the legion of fans in her 'Vonntourage' have even renamed the Games in her honour. As the skier resumes her medal charge, James Lawton tells the remarkable story of her journey to the top

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Andy Cole Column: Sometimes a casual text can be as dangerous as the Vancouver downhill

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James Lawton: Too many thrills can turn the greatest contest into no more than a lottery

As America's sweetheart Lindsey Vonn crashes out, do athletes have a right to expect safer conditions?

Women's Skeleton: Williams fast emerging as Hollingsworth's true rival

Struggling Rudman in danger of being eclipsed by Bath's fearless contender

Ice, snow and a British victory - 6,000 miles from Vancouver

British success is likely to be as thin as the snow at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. But take heart instead from our team's victory at the other end of the Americas.

James Lawton: Board games for the 21st century

Britain's Zoe Gillings misses out in Vancouver's radical success story
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