Dame Kelly Holmes – Double Gold Medal Winner

Our Olympic Quotation of the Day

2nd August 2012

Kelly Holmes - Double Gold Medal Winner

Kelly celebrating in Athens

Today we have a few quotations from Double Olympic Gold Medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes;

“My career has been such a rollercoaster, but I just kept sticking in there and I knew in my heart that there was something in there for me to fulfill my dreams.”

On running her 2nd race in Athens in 2004;

“The hardest thing was focusing on the race and pretending that I hadn’t already won one.” and

“I can’t believe it. I didn’t realise I had won – I had to see the replay twice to be sure.”

And here’s an interesting statistic that highlights the incredibly narrow margin between success and failure;

“Had Kelly Holmes been 0.6 per cent slower in Athens, she’d have come sixth.”  The Independent

A Bit About Kelly Holmes

Born on the 19th April 1970, Kelly Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000, and 1500 metres distances.

Kelly was inspired by Sebastian Coe and began competing in middle distance events in her youth. She joined the British Army but continued to compete in athletics events, turning to the professional athletics circuit in the early 1990s.

Kelly Holmes with a Few Medals

Kelly with some of her medals

In 1994 she won the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and took the Silver at the European Championships. She went on to win a Silver and a Bronze Medal at the Gothenburg World Championships in 1995 but suffered from various injuries over the following two years. This resulted in her failure to gain a medal at her first Olympics outing in Atlanta 1996.

But Kelly persisted and went on to win Silver in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and then won her first Olympic medal – Bronze in the 800m – at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She won the 1500m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 800m Bronze at the Munich European Championships that year. The 2003 track season saw her take Silver in the 1500m at the World Indoor Championships and the 800m Silver medals at the World Championships and first World Athletics Final.

She took part in her final major championship in 2004, turning in a Double Gold Medal winning performance at the Athens Olympics, finishing as the 800 m and 1500 m Olympic Champion. Her achievements have earned her much recognition and awards in 2005 she was made a Dame by HM The Queen. She retired from athletics in 2005.

As you can see, Kelly Holmes has had a pretty impressive career in athletics but, as is always the case, it’s those special moments like her Double Gold Medal winning performance in Athens that we remember the most.

Have a great one,

Steve Bimpson

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