Dustin Kelm

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Dustin Kelm is a world champion and world record setting unicyclist. He has performed and competed throughout North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Dustin is a three time Unicycling Society of America expert freestyle national champion, a Unicycling Society of America mountain unicycling national champion and a UNICON freestyle World Champion.

He was born January 26, 1972 and was given his first unicycle at the age of 10. Two years later he joined the Twin Cities Unicycle Club in Minneapolis and discovered there was much more he could do on a unicycle besides his paper route. Over the years he has claimed national and world records, titles and medals in age group categories as well as men's expert categories.

Dustin was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Unicycling Society of America for two three year terms from 1989-1991, 1993-1995.[1][2]

Dustin Kelm street performing on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul Turkey.

USA national awards and titles[edit]

1986 Bowling Green, Ohio - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[3]

  • Overall winner 13-14 Male (55 Points)
  • Individual Standard Class National Champion 13-14 Male (52.00)
  • Artistic Riding Couples 3rd Place 15-16 Male (47.66)
  • 100m National Champion 13-14 Male (0:17.67)
  • 200m National Champion 13-14 Male (0:34.74)
  • 1600m National Champion 13-14 Male (5:15:32)
  • 50m One-footed Race National Champion 13-14 Male and Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Age Group Record (0:10.31) [4]
  • Backwards 50m Race National Champion 13-14 Male (0:12.78)
  • Slow Race National Champion 13-14 Male (0:11.96)
  • Obstacle Course 2nd Place 13-14 Male (0:24.47)
  • Relay 2nd Place 13-16 Male
  • Wheel Walk National Champion 13-14 Male (0:4.79)

1987 Arden Hills, Minnesota - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[5]

  • Overall Race Trophy 15-16 Male (35)[6]
  • 100m National Champion 15-16 Male (0:16.53)
  • 200m National Champion 15-16 Male (0:34.50)
  • 1600m National Champion 15-16 Male (5:04.38)
  • Obstacle Course National Champion 15-16 Male (0:25.07)
  • One-footed 50m Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:9.70)
  • Backwards 50m Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:11.31)
  • Forward Slow 10m Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:27.10)
  • Ultimate Wheel 10m Race National Champion 15-16 Male and World Champion (:3.85) [7]
  • Individual Trick Riding 2nd Place 15-16 Male

1988 Ypsilanti, Michigan - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[8]

  • Artistic Riding Open Class National Champion 15-16 Male
  • Artistic Riding Couples 2nd Place 17-18 Male
  • 100m National Champion 15-16 Male (0:16.24)
  • 1600m National Champion 15-16 Male (5:02.00)
  • Obstacle Course 2nd Place 15-16 Male
  • One-footed Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:10.03)
  • Forward Slow Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:15.27)
  • Backward Slow Race National Champion 15-16 Male (0:15.68)
  • Wheel Walk 2nd Place 15-16 Male

1989 Mobile, Alabama - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[9]

  • Over-all High Point Winner 17-18 Male
  • 200m National Champion 17-18 Male and Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Age Group Record (0:31.13)[4][10][11]
  • 1600m National Champion 17-18 Male, Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Age Group Record [4][10][11] and World Record (4:46.44)[7]
  • Ultimate Wheel 25m National Champion and World Record (0:6.86)[7]

1990 Findlay, Ohio - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[12]

  • Artistic Riding Open Class National Champion 17-18 Male
  • Artistic Riding Couples National Champion 19-29 Male
  • Over-all High Point Winner 17-18 Male
  • 100m National Champion 17-18 Male and Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Age Group Record (0:15.32)[4][10][11]
  • 200m National Champion 17-18 Male (0:33.88)
  • 1600m National Champion 17-18 Male (4:48.74)
  • Obstacle Course National Champion 17-18 Male (0:23.27)
  • Forward Slow Race National Champion 17-18 Male (0:30.52)
  • Ultimate Wheel National Champion 17-18 Male (0:7.29)
  • Wheel Walk National Champion 17-18 Male(0:9.41)

1991 Chariton, Iowa - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[13]

  • Men's Expert Freestyle 2nd Place

1992 Saint Paul, Minnesota - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[14]

  • Over-all High Point Winner Expert Male

1992 Quebec, Canada - UNICON VI[15]

  • Downhill Gliding World Champion (0:47.9)

1994 Wahpeton, North Dakota - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[16]

  • Backwards Slow Race National Champion Expert Male and Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Age Group Record (0:26.03) [4]

1995 Bowling Green, Ohio - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[17]

  • Overall Racing Expert Male 3rd Place[18]
  • 100m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:16.15)
  • 200 3rd Place Expert Male (0:32.09)
  • 200 National Champion 19-29 Male (0:32.02)
  • 400m 2nd Place Expert Male (1:08.38)
  • 400m National Champion 19-29 Male (1:12.26)
  • Obstacle Course 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:23.43)
  • One-footed Race 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:09.99)
  • Backward Slow 10m Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:32.33)
  • Backward Slow 10m Race National Champion Expert Male and Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention Overall Record (0:32.33) [10][11]
  • Forward Slow Race 3rd Place Expert Male (0:29.34)
  • Forward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:29.34)
  • Ultimate Wheel 30m National Champion Expert Male (0:8.32)
  • Ultimate Wheel 30m National Champion 19-29 Male (0:8.32)[19]
  • Wheel Walk Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:12.55)
  • Height Hopping National Champion 19-29 Male (.356)

1996 Chariton, Iowa - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[20]

  • Men's Expert Freestyle National Champion[21]
  • 100m 3rd Place Expert Male (0:15.53)
  • 100m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:15.54)
  • 200m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:32.53)
  • 400m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (1:05.66)
  • 1600m 2nd Place Expert Male (4:44.40)
  • 1600m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (4:44.40)
  • Coasting Distance Event 2nd Place Expert Male (47.80)
  • Coasting Distance Event National Champion 19-29 Male (47.80)
  • Obstacle Course 3rd Place Expert Male (0:23.35)
  • Obstacle Course 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:23.35)
  • One-footed Race 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:10.64)
  • Backward Slow Race 2nd Place Expert Male (0:29.21)
  • Backward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:29.21)
  • Forward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:24.05)
  • Ultimate Wheel Race National Champion Expert Male (0:07.36)
  • Ultimate Wheel Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:07.36)
  • Wheel Walk 3rd Place Expert Male (0:10.14)
  • Wheel Walk National Champion 19-29 Male (0:12.29)

1997 St. Paul, Minnesota - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[22][23]

  • Artistic Freestyle 2nd Place Expert Male [24]
  • Artistic Pairs Freestyle 2nd Place Expert [24]
  • Coasting Distance Event 2nd Place Expert Male (66.09)
  • Coasting Distance Event National Champion 19-29 Male (66.09)

1998 Monrovia, California - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[25]

  • Men's Expert Freestyle National Champion
  • Mountain Unicycling National Champion Expert Male[26]
  • Mountain Unicycling National Champion 19-29 Male
  • 1600m 3rd Place Expert Male (4:48.14)
  • 1600m 3rd Place 19-29 Male (4:48.14)
  • Coasting Distance Event 3rd Place Expert Male (52.61)
  • Coasting Distance Event 2nd Place 19-29 Male (52.61)
  • Obstacle Course 3rd Place 19-29 Male (0:24.78)
  • Backward Slow Race 3rd Place Expert Male (0:24.66)
  • Backward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:24.66)
  • Forward Slow Race 3rd Place Expert Male (0:29.16)
  • Forward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (29.16)
  • Height Hopping National Champion Expert Male (.50)
  • Height Hopping National Champion 19-29 Male (.50)

1998 Bottrop, Germany - UNICON IX[27]

  • Men's Expert Freestyle World Champion
  • Artistic Pairs Freestyle 2nd Place Expert

1999 Snoqualmie, Washington - Unicycling Society of America National Unicycle Convention[28]

  • Men's Expert Freestyle National Champion[29][30]
  • 400m 2nd Place 19-29 Male (1:08.06)
  • 1600m 3rd Place 19-29 Male (5:02.30)
  • High Jump 3rd Place 19-29 Male (.28)
  • One-footed 50m Race 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:9.73)
  • Backward Slow Race National Champion Expert Male (0:32.45)
  • Backward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:32.45)
  • Forward Slow Race 3rd Place 19-29 Male (0:29.88)
  • Wheel Walk 3rd Place Expert Male (0:10.61)
  • Wheel Walk 2nd Place 19-29 Male (0:10.97)
  • Giraffe Backward Slow Race National Champion Expert Male (0:17.71)
  • Giraffe Backward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:17.71)
  • Giraffe Forward Slow Race National Champion Expert Male (0:23.62)
  • Giraffe Forward Slow Race National Champion 19-29 Male (0:23.62)

2002 North Bend, Washington - North American Unicycling Championships and Convention[31]

  • 400m National Champion 30-39 Male (1:07.67)
  • Wheel Walk 30m National Champion 30-39 Male (0:11.22)
  • Obstacle Course National Champion 30-39 Male (0:22.78)
  • Backward Slow Race 10m National Champion Expert Male (0:31.80)
  • Backward Slow Race 10m National Champion 30-39 Male (0:31.80)
  • Forward Slow Race 10m National Champion Expert Male (0:31.57)
  • Forward Slow Race 10m National Champion 30-39 Male (0:31.57)
  • Wheel Walk 30m Race National Champion 30-30 Male (0:11.22)
  • High Jump National Champion 30-39 Male (45.00)
  • Long Jump National Champion 30-39 Male (1.56)

2014 Bloomington, Minnesota - North American Unicycling Championships and Conventions[32]

  • 100m 2nd Place Expert Male (0:17.006)
  • 100m National Champion 30-49 Male (0:17.468)
  • 400m 2nd Place Expert Male (1:09.298)
  • 400m 2nd Place 30-49 Male (1:10.129)
  • 800m 3rd Place Expert Male (2:27.596)
  • 800m 2nd Place 30-49 Male (2:31.668)
  • Wheel Walk 30m National Champion 30-49 Male (0:17.162)
  • IUF Slalom 3rd Place Expert Male (0:25.190)
  • IUF Slalom 3rd Place 30-49 Male (0:25.190)
  • One-footed Race 3rd Place Expert Male (0:11.377)
  • One-footed Race 2nd Place 30-49 Male (0:11.097)
  • Criterium Unlimited 2nd Place 35-49 Male (13:18)
  • Time Trial 2nd Place 35-49 Male (51:29)
  • 10k 2nd Place 35-49 Male (25:42)
  • Marathon 2nd Place 35-49 Male (2:17.29)

Other competitions[edit]

RefugeRide[edit]

Dustin and Katie Kelm travel through Wyoming on their cross country Refuge Ride to raise support and awareness for Syrian refugees in 2013.

Dustin and his wife Katie accomplished the RefugeRide from June 21 to October 9, 2013, riding big wheel unicycles coast to coast across the United States from Tybee Island, Georgia to Yachats, Oregon to raise funds for Syrian refugees. In 97 days they rode 3,511 miles through 14 states, raising over $37,500.[33][34][35][36][37]

Media appearances[edit]

Dustin Kelm rehearses before his first appearance on Yetenek Sizsiniz in Istanbul Turkey.
  • ESPN Amazing Games
  • Guest appearance in “Defect” extreme unicycling video by Syko Productions[38]
  • "Lifeline" Pacific Broadcast Association Asian network feature
  • "Introduction to Unicycling" video guest instructor produced by Unicycle.com[39]
  • Sat7 broadcast throughout the Middle East of performances/interviews in Egypt and Iraq
  • Semi-finalist competitor on Yetenek Sizsiniz Türkiye, Turkey's highest rated TV show and a Got Talent franchise.
  • The Beyaz Show in Turkey
  • Mavi Shaker (Blue Candy) in Turkey
  • Berdan Show Channel TRT6 in Turkey
  • Numerous other radio, newspaper, magazine and television appearances in the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Albania, Peru, Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan, Albania and Turkey

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Cotter, Constance, ed. (Summer 1995). "On One Wheel". 21 (3). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 11. 
  3. ^ "On One Wheel". XIII (3). Unicycling Society of America: 5–8. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Cotter, Constance, ed. (Spring 1995). "On One Wheel". 21 (2). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 15. 
  5. ^ Brichford, Carol, ed. (1988). "One One Wheel". XIV (3). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 8–9. 
  6. ^ "On One Wheel". XIV (3). Unicycling Society of America. 1988: 10. 
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  8. ^ Brichford, Carol, ed. (1988–89). "One One Wheel". XV (2). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 14–15. 
  9. ^ Brichford, Carol, ed. (1988–89). "One One Wheel". XV (4). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 14. 
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  13. ^ Foss, John, ed. (1990–91). "One One Wheel". XVII (4). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 6–11. 
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  21. ^ Cotter, Constance, ed. (Fall 1996). "On One Wheel". 22 (3). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 5. 
  22. ^ "1997". North American Unicycling Championships and Convention. Unicycling Society of America, Inc. 7 November 1997. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
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  24. ^ a b Cotter, Constance, ed. (January 1998). "On One Wheel". 23 (3). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 7,9. 
  25. ^ "1998". North American Unicycling Championships and Convention. Unicycling Society of America, Inc. 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Pedaling to Victory". Star Tribune. June 23, 1998. p. C2. 
  27. ^ Cotter, Constance, ed. (November 1998). "On One Wheel". 24 (3). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 7,9. 
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  30. ^ Cotter, Constance, ed. (March 2000). "On One Wheel". 25 (2). Unicycling Society of America, Inc.: 4. 
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  32. ^ "NAUCC 2014 Registration". NAUCC. Robin Dunlop. 
  33. ^ Unicycling Society of America, Inc. (January 2014). Stobierski, Shelly, ed. "One One Wheel" (36-1): 10. ISSN 0893-4606. 
  34. ^ Welch, Bob (7 October 2013). "Two on one ride". Register Guard. Eugene, OR. 
  35. ^ Ryan Cronk (October 12, 2013). "Refuge Ride". Siuslaw News. pp. 1,6A. 
  36. ^ Sharlene McCaslin (October 1, 2013). "Unicycles Visit the Chamber". About Town. p. 8. 
  37. ^ Ramell Taylor (September 4, 2013). "Couple one-wheel across the country". The Oberlin Herald. pp. 1,8A. 
  38. ^ Defect. Washington, USA: Syko Productions. 2006. 
  39. ^ Introduction to Unicycling with Dustin Kelm. Marietta, GA: Unicycle.com. 2000. ASIN B00074WFYI. 

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