Kelly Curtis, from Team USA Skeleton, is the first Black American to compete in the game for the USA. So, fans were eager to learn more about her parents. Meet John Curtis and Deb Smith who were the backbones of her athletic career. This article covers information on them.
So, keep on scrolling to learn more about Kelly Curtis Parents.
Who Are Kelly Curtis Parents?
Kelly Curtis was born to her parents John Curtis and Debbie Smith Curtis. Coming from a family of athletes, she thrived in the sports field environment.
So, John wasn’t surprised when Kelly made the Olympics on her last chance. “I knew when she was going on her final run at St. Moritz that she’d come up with a great performance,” John revealed to NJ. “One thing about her playing basketball back in high school if you were an opposing player you didn’t want to see her on the line with a minute to go. I would wonder why she’d be clanging the ball off the rim in the middle of the game and she would just look at me. But she would process the importance of the event and come through in the end.”
Meet Kelly Curtis Dad, John Curtis
John Curtis’s background in sports was one of the reasons why his daughter took sports early on. John and his wife were very supportive when Kelly jumped from one sport to another.
Kelly started as a track and field while in high school and excelled in it. Her Springfield track coach had suggested she try Bobsled which she had thought of as a joke at first but joined in 2013.
From there, she discovered a skeleton and she loved it.
John shared with NJ.com, “She had worked her way up to the number three two-woman bobsled team in the country and had been in a couple of competitions, and I’m thinking she might just be in the Olympics. Then she said ‘I think I’m gonna stop bobsled and start training for the skeleton.”
John though unfamiliar with the sport did know that “you go down headfirst” in that game. He added, “So her mother and I just gave her our best wishes and I told her to keep chasing her dream.”
John Curtis Age
John Curtis is 72 years old. He celebrates his birthday on 8 October.
John Curtis Job
John Curtis started his career as Athletic Director at Princeton NJ Regional Schools in July 1993. He worked in the school for over ten and a half years. In 2005, he joined CBS College Sports — A CBS Company as Director Fields & Dreams Foundation. He also served as Director of CBS College Sports Network (2005-2008).
Moreover, John was also Director Fields & Dreams Foundation at CSTV (2005-2009). For less than a month, he worked for Preps On The Net. And in November 2011, he took the role of Consultant at National Interscholastic Athletic Development LLC. John has been retired since 2015.
John earned his BS degree in Physical Education from Springfield College in 1971 and earned his MEd in Guidance & Personnel Services from Springfield College in 1973. He was chosen by NY Jets as the 214th choice in the ’71 NFL Draft.
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Meet Kelly Curtis Mom, Deb Smith
Debbie ‘Deb’ Smith is the mom of Kelly Curtis. Like Kelly’s father, her mother also played an integral part in her’s athletic career.
Deb Smith Age
Deb Smith turned 69 years old in February 2021. She celebrated her birthday on 27 February.
Deb Smith Job
Debbie Smith worked at a fitness center in Princeton where Kelly when she was 8 years old would go and visit.
While interviewing with NJ.com, Kelly’s father shared, “Kelly grew up in that environment. She was doing leg presses well over 200 pounds. People would gather around and watch whatever it was she was doing. Because her mom knew Kelly was not only strong but fast, she told her ‘Runaway to the circus and you’ll make money there.’”
Besides that, not much is known about Deb’s career.
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When Did Kelly Curtis Parents Tie The Knot?
Kelly Curtis’s parents tied the knots on 4 June 1978. They have been married for more than 43 years. They met each other in 1947 at a bar named Wednesday’s on the Upper East Side.
How Many Kids Do Kelly Curtis Parents Have?
Kelly Curtis is the youngest of four children born to John Curtis and Deb Smith. She has one older sister Kitty Curtis Milfort (@kitty.curtis.5) and two older brothers Jay Curtis (@jay.curtis.73) and James Curtis (@james.curtis.524381).
Where Do Kelly Curtis Parents Live?
Kelly Curtis’s parents currently live in Miami Florida. They moved to Miami in 2016.