Hey everyone! I'm really excited to be here and interacting with fans, especially at a time like this - I need all the support right now!
The other day, you tweeted "I'm so excited for my family to come watch me at the games! They have never seen me run in person, so this will be great." Have they really NEVER seen you run? And who are you bring out to London with you?
They've seen me run on TV but never in person. I mainly compete outside of the U.S. and when I'm in the U.S., I'm usually so busy. I'm so honored they're taking time and money out of their own pocket to make the trip to London. I'm really honored.
Did you compete in other track events in high school and college? when did you realize the hurdles were your strongest event?
In high school and college, I did everything. High jump, triple jump, 100, 200... I did a lot of things, I'm an all-around athlete. But I really exceled at the hurdles, that's kind of my bread and butter.
Are you able to get a good night sleep the night before a big race?
As I've gotten older, yes. I feel much more prepared going into races. I generally put on a movie and just go right to sleep.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition in the 100m Hurdles at the London Olympics?
The hurdles is a really unique event. With barriers in your way, it can really be a toss-up. Anyone who gets in the finals really has a shot to win it.
Who is your role model or favorite athlete?
I have two- I love Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers. They're amazing athletes and two of my mentors. They know so much, they're always there with a call or a text. They're always just a phone call away with any question I may have. They're so fierce.
How does it feel to represent the USA with the entire world watching?
That makes it sound so epic! I've been watching the Olypics for so long and it always seems like superheroes when they put the uniform on! It's amazing that I finally get to do it, with the U.S. logo on my chest. I can't believe I get to represent the U.S. for my 12 seconds of competition.
What are your favorite sports teams/athletes to watch?
I want to see gymnastics because they're just amazing! And I definitely want to see basketball - men and women. And swimming! During my injury, I did some swimming and it's so hard! I want to support all of my American teammates.
What do you do to deal with your stress before big events?
I do a mix of things - I cry sometimes. Hurdling is so emotional. I try to read, I love to read. I hang out with my boyfriend. I try to take my mind off hurdling. And I hang out my training group - they're loads of laughs! That really helps.
Are you excited about going to London? What do you plan on seeing when you have free time?
I like to go to other sporting events for sure. I have to go the track events to support my training group definitely. But I want to do some sightseeing as well, I'm sure the atmosphere around London will be amazing. I want to see Big Ben for sure and the Palace where the Queen lives. I really want to see table tennis! I hear its really intense. And I hear I have to eat at place called Nando's, I've gotten tweets upon tweets about that
What is your last meal before your big race?
I try to go with something that's not too heavy and not too light. The night before I have chicken or salmon and maybe some rice. And I have to have a glass of red wine and some coke - in no particular order!
After tearing your hamstring at the 2008 Olympic Trials, how hard was it for you, mentally and physically, to come back?
It was weird because it took me so long to come back. I wanted to quit so many times but every time I watched a meet, I knew I had to come back. My heart was still in track. I had something to prove to myself, my family and the world. I just knew I had to come back. Those were my driving forces.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
I studied sports management in college so maybe something with that. I would love to do something with sports, maybe on the sidelines. I really love sports!
What is the first thing you're going to as soon as the Olympics are over?
Have some desert! I'm on a pretty strict diet so maybe some cheesecake. Definitely something sweet!
Where did your love of fashion come from?
I think it comes from traveling so much- getting to see so many different styles and cultures. I try and grow my wardrobe so it can be very eclectic.
Do you hang out and/or prepare with your fellow American hurdlers?
I don't prepare with them but outside of competition, I definitely hang out with them. We're all fun people but when it's time for business, it's definitely time for business.
Is the Olympic Village really as crazy as Hope Solo makes it out to be?
I'm not there yet but I've been asking! A couple of my training partners have said yes, some said no. I think that one will have to be to be continued!
At the end of the day would you consider track an individual or team sport?
I think outside of the games, it's very individual but at the games, we're very team-oriented. We're definitely always cheering on our fellow countrymen. But outside of relays, which I don't do, it's an individual sport. When I'm competing, it's my time to shine.
Do you think Usain Bolt will repeat his 2008 performance? Or do you think Yohan Blake will steal his thunder?
I'm going to be pulling for two other people actually- my training partners Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey. I think they're going to shock the world. I'm pro-America here!
what music/musicians do you listen to in order to get pumped up for competition?
I have some Nicki Minaj, some Lil Wayne, some 2 Chainz and some Akon. Those are definite ear players for me. I have the same playlist for when I'm competing. I do everything the same way before competing. I have to practice with a song before I listen to it before a competition. I'm weird like that!
Do you consider Sally Pearson your biggest threat?
I fully believe if I execute my race and do the things my coaches tell me to do, I won't have any threats.
Besides winning the gold, what is something you are really looking forward to at the 2012 Olympics?
Just being an Olympian- hanging out, cheering on my teammates, seeing the sites, meeting people from other sports and countries that I otherwise wouldn't meet. When I'm done with my competition I'll have to enjoy the experience in the village and watch other sports.
Good luck Kellie! What type of emotions are you feeling in these final days before the games start?
I'm really anxious and excited. I'm nervous but it's a good nervous. I'm really happy! I'm in Austria now for training camp because my coach has so many different athletes from different nations. It's really fun.
Do you have a favorite professional sports team?
Washington Redskins! Oh my lord. I'm so excited for RG3! I just got a shirt that says "RG3 Knows". We haven't had a QB in SO long. I've never made it to a game but I'm hoping to this year.
If you could race anyone in the world, just for fun, who would it be and why?
Apolo Ohno. I think we would have to do two races - one on the track and one on the ice. I think I might need some practice there but it would be a lot of fun.
How has twitter changed or affected how you interact with fans?
It's definitely easier to interact with fans and get to know people. They're so motivational and supportive. It's definitely great, especially right now at a time like this. And of course you've got your weirdos but they're entertaining as well!
What sport/s would you like to see added in the next summer Olympics?
I would like to see softball back, and baseball too. There are a lot of countries that are involved with those so it gets more people into the games.
What's your plan for the Kellie Wells Foundation?
We just had a phone meeting about that a few days. We're going to wait until after the games to start it just because things are so crazy right now. But we're ultimately going to be working with Harbor House in Orlando and some other places. I really just want to help people. If we can help just one person, I'll be happy. I want to raise awareness and educate people that things shouldn't just get swept under the rug.
when you're not in training, where is your favorite place to vacation/visit?
I love the Caribbean and the islands. I love to swim and beach water and just the tranquility of it all. I took a cruise last year, we stopped in the Cayman Islands. That was awesome!
FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?
Funyuns! My coach yells at me for it! I sneak them in sometimes, the cravings would kill me otherwise.
What do you hope to do once your track career is all said and done?
I really would love to be running my foundation at that point. And I I would like to be either in sports marketing/event planning or doing sports commentary or sidelines or something like that.
Which country do you think will have the best outfits at the opening ceremony?
I've seen ours. I love it! I think the African countries are always cool. They really get to show off their country pride and heritage, I think that's really special.
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD LUCK CHARMS OR PRE-RACE TRADITIONS?
Definitely my playlist. I also wear the same type of uniform, I wear the same jewelry. I carry a letter from a friend of mine, I take that with me in my bag. Everything is pretty much the same with me all the time. I feel strange if something is different. I'm very much a creature of habit!
Who are some athletes that inspire you?
Of course, Jackie and Gail. Kobe Bryant also. And Justin Gatlin for sure, my training partner. And, he just changed his name but Chad Johnson. He interacts with his fans so well, he's really inspirational. I love how he deals with the media by making fun of himself.
Being that this is your first Olympics, how do you think your experience in the world of track and field will help you?
I know what my body is going to feel like so I know what how to deal with the aches and pains. Plus I've raced against almost of these girls before so it makes the race strategy much easier. I don't have to deal with a new competitor.
What did you to to celebrate after you made the Olympic team?
I slept! I had some junk food and I just hung out with some friends who came to watch me. I also stayed at trials when I was done and got to watch some friends compete. It allowed me to be a spectator and not just a competitor.
will anything less than a gold medal be a disappointment?
Now that's a tough one! I mean a medal at the games would be amazing. To think how many incredible athletes came before me and didn't medal, it's so amazing to think I have a chance to win a medal for my country. To bring one home would be such a great feat.
I'm so excited for all the questions. I love seeing these. Thanks for the support, it means a lot! Tweet me anytime, I'm always here!