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Kelly Holmes 10 Personal Facts, Bio, Wiki
Born: April 19, 1970 (age 52 years), Pembury, United Kingdom
Parents: Pam Norman, Derrick Holmes
Height: 1.6 m
Awards: BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Siblings: Stuart Norris, Lisa Lewis, Kevin Norris, Penny Thomson
Education: Hugh Christie school
Medals: Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women’s 800 metres
In June 2022, Holmes came out as gay in an interview with the Sunday Mirror, adding that she felt “finally free”.
She said that she had known she was a lesbian since 1988, when she was in the army; she could not come out then as it was illegal at the time to be gay in the military.
After winning two Olympic gold medals at Athens in 2004 and becoming a public figure, she feared there may still be consequences from the army if she came out after leaving, and that she may be shunned within athletics as there were no openly gay sportspeople she knew of.
LGBT campaigners celebrated Holmes coming out, saying that it sheds light on the historic homophobia that can still serve as a barrier to older people coming out.
Later that month, on 26 June, ITV broadcast a 55-minute documentary Kelly Holmes: Being Me in which she describes her fears of her sexuality being exposed, and meets two people who were discharged from the military for being gay.
Holmes wrote “The documentary taught me so much about generational and social advancements when it comes to the LGBTQ+ world”.
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Dame Kelly Holmes DBE OLY is a retired British middle distance athlete.
Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1,500 metres events and won gold medals 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, and 1,000 metre distances.
She held the British 800 metre record until 2021.
Inspired by a number of successful British middle-distance runners in the early 1980s, Holmes began competing in middle-distance events in her youth. She joined the British Army, but continued to compete at the organisation’s athletics events.
She turned to the professional athletics circuit in 1993 and in 1994 she won the 1,500 m at the Commonwealth Games and took silver at the European Championships.
She won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships, but suffered from various injuries over the following years, failing to gain a medal at her first Olympics in Atlanta 1996 when running with a stress fracture.
She won silver in the 1,500 m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 800 m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, her first Olympic medal.
Holmes won the 1,500 m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 800 m bronze at the Munich European Championships that year.
The 2003 track season saw her take silver in the 1,500 m at the World Indoor Championships and the 800 m silver medals at the World Championships and first World Athletics Final.
She took part in her final major championship in 2004, with a double gold medal-winning performance at the Athens Olympics, finishing as the 800 m and 1,500 m Olympic Champion.
For her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2005. She retired from athletics in 2005 and has since been made an honorary colonel with the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment (RACTR).
She has become a global motivational speaker, published five books, her latest being Running Life, and made a number of television appearances.