Williams’ skeleton helmet deemed legal, again

The Federation International of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing (FIBT) has denied a second protest against Amy Williams’ helmet.

Williams won the gold medal in women’s skeleton on Friday by more than a half second overall.

Canada filed a complaint after the final run accusing the Brit of having illegal aerodynamic features on her helmet. The complaint concerned the small ridges on the side of the helmet, thought to improve air flow.

Team U.S.A. protested the same elements after the first two runs on Thursday.

After a four-hour wait, Williams’ win was finally confirmed.

“I wasn’t worried about it,” she told the Telegraph. “My helmet, my runners and my sled had all been checked by the jury, just like everyone else’s.

“Everybody likes to play head-games but I was confident in myself. Having good form and good steers — that’s what’s going to make you quick down the track.”

The win marks Britain’s first gold in an individual event in 30 years as well as the country’s first medal of these 2010 Games.

This is also the first time Williams has won a skeleton event.

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By: Katelyn Peer
Posted: Feb 20 2010 7:33 pm
Filed under: Winter Games