Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes In Her Own Words
  • Kelly Holmes In Her Own Words

  • Dame Kelly Holmes won two gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in the 800 and 1500 metres. In this collection we hear - in her own words - about her determination and goals, as well as her difficult childhood.

    She talks about starting athletics when she was 13, driving lorries in the army and becoming an army fitness instructor. She discusses her intensive training - and injury - finally achieving her Olympic dream in Athens, and her homecoming parade back in the UK. She's also open about illness, losing confidence and self-harming, as well as new goals after athletics, such as focusing on fitness in schools, mentoring and writing a self-help book.

    Interviews include: Sport on Four, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 16 September 1995); Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 6 January 2006); Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 15 January 2011).

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Dame Kelly Holmes is a retired English middle distance athlete. She won gold medals in the 800 metres and the 1500 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Today she is the face of Sainsbury's Active Kids campaign and shows a great interest in leading Britain towards a healthier lifestyle. In 2006 she was appointed National School Sports Champion and is currently working with the Government to improve the national physical education programme in schools.

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