Icenetwork: You were born in Atlanta and raised in the U.S. What is your connection with Brazil, and why did you choose to compete for this country?
Williams: My mother is from Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and I also have a very large family that lives in Brazil. Brazil is absolutely beautiful, and we try to visit as often as we can. My mother always talked to me about representing her country in figure skating, but I don't think either of us ever expected it to go this far. For me, the idea of representing a sport that had little tradition in Brazil seemed really intriguing.
Icenetwork: How do you see figure skating developing in your country? Are there young girls who already follow your example?
Williams: Yes, but Brazil lacks the programs and facilities to really promote figure skating. We have yet to build an Olympic- or NHL-sized rink. I recently went to Rio de Janeiro for a presentation at a half-sized rink called Barra on Ice and was able to meet many young, aspiring skaters. They were so supportive of my skating, and I was very impressed by their ambition and enthusiasm toward the sport.
I would love for there to be a full-sized rink for them and future Brazilian figure skaters to train in.