In an era of egomaniacal and pampered athletes, I had the privilege of chatting with Kellie Wells the other day. Kellie is an incredibly humble and intelligent person and also happens to be the reigning U.S. women’s indoor and outdoor hurdling champion. She placed third in the 50 meter hurdles January 28 at the 2012 U.S. Open at Madison Square Garden.
I had intended to speak with Kellie, who looks forward to representing the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, about the challenges of competing while generating enough income and sponsorship money to fund her training and travel.
We do discuss a little business (Nike is her primary sponsor) but the force of her personality and message is clearly how she overcame abuse growing up and has used the strength she gained from that to persevere through a bad hamstring injury in 2007 and help young women pursue their dreams.
Read the article at Forbes.