Kelly Holmes is a British middle distance runner who has won two Olympic gold medals and has been granted a Dame-hood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. She has also won multiple Bronze and Silver medals in the World Championships and the World Indoor Championships. She has two gold medal and one silver medal from the Commonwealth Games as a competitor for England.
Holmes started running when she was 12 years old after she was encouraged to do so by her P.E. instructor. Her first major win came in 1994 when she took home a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. That same year, she won a silver medal in the European championships. When she was 18, she joined the British Army. Her early army posts involved becoming a lorry driver. Later on, her penchant for running would show and she would be encouraged to join the Army Physical Training Corps.
After seeing a former opponent of hers run in 1992 Olympics, Holmes was encouraged to try out for the games herself. Holmes continued to balance her sporting and army career. But, later when more funding was available to her, she quit the army and became a full time athlete in 1997. She joined the Olympics in 2000 and again in 2004. While in training for the 2004 Olympic Games, she suffered from depression. She later became very open about her condition in order to show the world the problems faced by athletes like her.
Throughout her career, Holmes has set multiple British and European records. Her latest record was in 2004 with a time of 2:32:96 for 1000m indoor run. She was named the European Athlete of the Year in 2004. The following year, she won a Laureus World Sports award for being the Woman of the Year. It was also in 2005 that she earned a Damehood. Her latest achievements include her becoming the 2006 National School Sports Champion.