Hometown: Richmond VA
Years of competition: 10
Personal Records 60 H- 7.79 100 H- 12.48
Kellie Wells-Brinkley won an Olympic Bronze medal in the 2012 London games to add a fairytale ending to her heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials where she was unable to compete in the finals due to a severe hamstring tear. Wells-Brinkley made an impressive comeback in 2011 by winning her first indoor and outdoor national titles and dominating the top marks lists. Wells-Brinkley’s winning time of 7.79 at the US trials was the world leading time and at that time gave her the nine fastest times in the world. Over her 10 year career, she was ranked within the top 10 in the world each year.
In the summer of 2011 Wells-Brinkley also went public with another heartbreaking struggle she faced, something much deeper than physical injuries on the track. She was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Wells-Brinkley escaped this abusive environment in the 10th grade by moving in with her estranged father and only a few weeks later her mother was tragically killed in a car accident.
Astonishingly Wells-Brinkley flourished in life despite all of these set backs and excelled on the track, in the classroom and in her personal life. She has been a brand ambassador for companies such as Nike, The US Army, Coca-Cola, Revolution Racing, Isagenix, Pretty Girls Sweat, exfuze, and Harbor House just to name a few. She takes pride in using her celebrity to spread the message and create awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse, Kellie wants all young girls to know they are more than their bodies and wants them to strive for greatness and have self confidence in all they do.
Kellie is a loving wife to NFL superstar Jasper Brinkley and mom to their son Jasper Jr.