Kelly Holmes sprung into the nation's hearts when she stormed through the Olympic 800m and followed it by winning the 1500m five days later. She is a phenomenal athlete and her ten-day Olympic performance made history. In this personal account of her journey, Kelly relives the exhilarating steps towards her double win and the sometimes gruelling emotions that fuelled her. Reflecting on the struggle of many women athletes before her, My Olympic Diary covers the anticipation of the heats right through to her rituals before the race and the post-race jubilant atmosphere. How did she stay focused? How did she keep her body going under the punishing schedule? How did it feel to achieve her lifelong dream - twice! Placing this amazing feat in Olympic history, Kelly's story is a celebration of one woman's personal goal that she shared with the whole of the UK.
Richard Lewis has been reporting on athletics for more than 20 years. He is a former athletics correspondent of the Daily Express and now covers the sport for The Sunday Times along with being the Executive Editor of the magazine Athletics Weekly. He has attended every major athletics event, Athens was his fourth Olympic Games and he has followed Kelly Holmes' career from the start.