45. Kelly Holmes
“I was 12 when I started and 34 before I achieved my dream, that should give people hope.”
A story that was so nearly one of disappointment and failure to deliver on potential became one that summed up the power of never giving up.
Bouncing back from injury at the age of 34, after a career where Olympic gold had eluded her Kelly Holmes managed to win a double gold medal in her final Olympic appearance in Athens in 2004. Remarkable!