Kelly Holmes made history at the Athens Olympics by winning
both the 1500m and 800m gold.
Kelly was born on April 19 1970 in Pembury, Kent, the daughter
of Constantine and Pamela Holmes.
Her non-sporting career includes spells as a recreation
assistant, a nursing assistant and an army sergeant (physical
According to The Guardian: "Holmes emerged at a time
when there was no lottery to fund a full-time athletics
career. At 18 she joined the army's Women's Royal Auxiliary
Corp, initially driving four-tonne trucks. She never gave
up her interest in sport, however, and retrained as a PT
instructor in the Adjutants General Corps. Despite the demands
of her career. She became army judo champion, ran in the
men's 1500m at the army athletics championships rather than
embarrass the women, and in one meeting ran the 800m, the
3,000m and a relay leg in one day, winning all her races."
During the BBC coverage when Kelly won her second gold,
Brendan Foster said something like "surely we're going
to have to call her Dame Kelly Holmes from now on"
- to which Steve Cram replied: "Dame, Duchess, Queen,
whatever you like"
Kelly Holmes is the first Briton for 84 years to achieve
the Olympic middle-distance double.