Olympic Bronze medallist, Kellie Wells, has joined Altis. The 32 year old from Richmond, Virginia, boasts a PR of 12.48 in the 100 meter hurdles. A truly inspirational character, Wells rose above a number of personal obstacles to stand on the podium at the 2012 Games.
In addition to her sporting success, she is an Alumna of Hampton University, having completed both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies; culminating in a degree in Sports Management, and a MBA in marketing.
We sat down with Kellie to find out more.
Kellie – great to have the opportunity to talk. Let’s start with your background – have you competed in other sports?
I did – in high school I played basketball and I was a highly trained dancer for many years
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
I love to read, spend time with my boyfriend Jasper, play with my dog Sebastian, Shop, and do Philanthropic work.f
What has been the highlight of your career in Track & Field so far?
It has to be the Olympic Bronze Medal from 2012
Do you have a favorite movie?
Boomerang; The Color Purple; and Forrest Gump
And a favorite meal?
Do you have a sporting hero?
Any favorite quotes?
“If you think you can’t you won’t and if you think you can, you will. If I’m at practice and I’m tired at practice I tell myself I can push through. If you tell yourself you are tired or sick – you will fail because the body will follow the mind”
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I listen to music! And I definitely have specific things I like to eat. I have a very specific way I get dressed and how I pack my bag, and I don’t like when it’s disturbed
What’s on your playlist prior to a meet?
Some Gospel then to Lil Wayne, Mystical, B.O.B, Migos, Lord, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Boosie
What are your career goals?
I want to win the Gold medal in 2016. I also want to start my own foundation – one that will aid women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.
“I want to win the Gold medal in 2016”
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I want to work in social work or counselling, and public speaking. I want to be able to share my story with the world, and help people to not make the same mistakes as my Mother and I did.
What does Track & Field need to do to build its popularity in North America?
I think it needs to emphasize more athletes rather than focus on just a few. So many of us have great stories and personalities. Why not host street races in major cities around America to generate hype for what we do? Host more American meets!
What does success look like to you?
Happiness – while doing something you are passionate about, and also good at.
What are the 3 most important factors to you that determine your success?
1. A clear and focused plan
2. No drama
What is it that motivates you to reach this success?
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Lack of focus, injuries, lack of medical help and funding
Is there anything that could prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Lack of focus!
Why did you choose to join Altis?
I chose Altis because I really liked Andreas, and I believed in his concepts he talked to me about. I’ve known Aries since we were in college and I’ve seen his progression as an athlete and a person. I wanted to choose a coach that would embrace me, and be open to teaching me new things. I needed someone that was very patient – and between Stu and Andreas I believe I have that. I also wanted to be in a positive environment where I can train and be happy, but also help the next generation grow!
Kellie, thanks for your time – it’s been great talking to you!
Kellie Wells is on Twitter. You can follow her here.