| Date of Birth:
November 7, 1974
Place of Birth: Fort St. John, BC
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 143 lbs.
Despite a painful rib injury this past year, Michelle Kelly returns to the Olympics determined to improve on the 10th-place finish she recorded four years ago at the Salt Lake City Games.
Active as a child growing up, Kelly began her sporting career as a gymnast. She also ran track, played soccer and tried diving before finally turning to bobsleigh and skeleton as a 20-year-old in 1994. For the next five years, Kelly would compete in both disciplines before having to focus on one. Her choice, thankfully for Canada, was skeleton.
In her first fulltime season on the skeleton circuit in 1999-00, Kelly finished second-overall. She followed that up with a pair of back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2000-01 and 2001-02 before taking part in the Olympics. However, it was the year following those Games that Kelly enjoyed her greatest professional success to date. She won both the World Championship gold in Nagano and the overall World Cup title for 2002-03, becoming the first Canadian women to ever win both in the same year.
Since those heady days it's been tougher for Kelly, who has managed to get to the podium just five more times in over two seasons on the circuit. Nonetheless, Kelly remains one of the sport's toughest competitors and, on any given day, must be considered a threat to win it all.
When her skeleton career is over, Kelly will likely continue touring across the country as a motivational speaker.
2006 Skeleton Coverage