British Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams moved into a bungalow after sport

“I had back pain for my whole career, but only my close team really knew. My physios would be working on it just trying to get me through the next race,” she said. Williams won gold in 2010 Amy Williams took home gold at the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics in the skeletonCredit:AP Photo/Elise Amendola A British Olympic gold medallist has revealed how sport left her body so broken she moved out of a four-storey townhouse and into a bungalow to avoid having to climb the stairs.In 2010, Amy Williams won Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women’s skeleton at the Vancouver games, but has been “living with pain every single day” since a crash in 2002.Such was the difficulty climbing and descending the stairs in her Bath townhouse, Williams opted to move to a knee-friendly bungalow nearby on the advice of another athlete.“I just brush over the pain, because every single day I am in pain. It’s just a part of my life,” the 36-year-old told The Telegraph.Williams competed in the skeleton, where athletes lie face down on an ultra-light sled, and hurl themselves round an icy, curvy course at speeds of over 90mph.Back in 2002, well before she clinched gold and became a household name, a crash triggered a disk to slip in her back and the effects are still with her today. Her friend Tanya Streeter, a world champion freediver, gave her the idea saying: “It’s the best thing you can do for your body.”“I spotted one for sale near to where I grew up, and I had to at least take a look.“It was hard to swallow, going from an 18th century townhouse which was the love of my life, to a 1970’s granny bungalow, but we have done the best for it, and now it looks great.“Even better, my knees love it.”At the end of a long day looking after one-year-old son Oscar, it still hurts to get up off the sofa, but the ever-positive Williams concedes: “My medal is still worth the pain.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Recently, another slipped disk at the top of her spine has caused her to be “plagued with headaches and migraines,” but the worst problems have been with Williams’ knees.“I have lifted weights since I was 14 or 15, so to a degree it’s wear and tear, but I have had a lot of operations,” she adds.“The first two were keyhole surgeries, then one was to smooth my kneecap, then I had damage under my kneecap so they had to clear it out and then my big injury came the week after I retired in 2012.“I was trying a new cycling machine at Bath university, and I snapped and busted everything from my ACL to my cruciate.“I saw my knee and leg bent back and I passed out. An ambulance came and I was operated on the next day.”Throughout the rehab period Williams describes sliding down stairs on her backside whenever she wanted to leave the house. She laughs about it now, but says she was crying at the time. “I sold my house because I had too many stairs. It simply hurt too much to get back upstairs.”Wanting to start a family, Williams and her husband Craig decided that life would be much easier in a bungalow. Williams won gold in 2010Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Amy Williams competes in the skeleton at Vancouver 2010 read more