Williams left out of GB squad

Wed, 09 Feb 12:12:00 2011

Olympic champion Amy Williams has been left out of the British squad for the FIBT World Skeleton Championships in Koenigssee, Germany next week.

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The 28-year-old, who won Great Britain’s first individual Winter Olympic gold medal for 30 years last February, made a belated return to World Cup competition in January.

She has competed at four World Cups this season with a best result of fifth in Winterberg – which was good enough to earn European bronze but she has been overlooked for one of the two spots at the World Championships.

Williams, who won world silver last time out in Lake Placid, was hoping to ensure Great Britain qualified three World Championships spots upon her return to competition but with only two making the trip to Koenigssee, British selectors have opted for Shelley Rudman and Donna Creighton.

Rudman, who won Olympic silver in 2006, endured a disappointing Vancouver 2010 and could only manage sixth place but she has been in excellent form this season, racking up four World Cup silvers, and two golds.

That saw her finish second in the overall World Cup standings for the third year in a row while Creighton, who finished a consistent season in sixth overall after six top-eight placings.

British Skeleton performance director Andi Schmid said: “We were disappointed not to achieve a third quota place for the women’s team and that made it a particularly difficult decision for us.

“We had to look at performances this season and that meant we had to go with Shelley and Donna. Having two athletes in to the top-six in the world is a fantastic achievement.”

In the men’s squad, Chris Type, Kristan Bromley and Andy Wood have all been selected.

Type is the highest-placed Brit in the men’s FIBT world rankings in 11th place at the end of his World Cup campaign.

Bromley, the 2008 World Champion, finished one place behind him in 12th while Wood finished 18th in the world rankings.

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