March 23, 1984 |
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
|Awards||Gold Medal - 2008 New York Triathlon|
Kelly Bruno was six months old when she had her leg amputated below the knee due to a congenital deformity. She currently holds world records for amputees in the 200m and 800m distances, has won gold at the 2008 New York Triathlon and ITU World Triathlon Championships in the amputee division, and was the second amputee to finish the Ironman Kona Triathlon in Hawaii in 2007, setting the current record for the course in the process, In 2008, she was named a ball girl at the US Open—a first for an amputee. Her father, Dr. Richard Bruno, who was a teacher at Lynn University, was killed while overseeing an outreach mission in Haiti during the earthquake in January 2010. She also pursued a career in medicine and is currently in residency for Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina Hospital.
In August 2010, it was announced that Kelly would be one of the contestants on Survivor: Nicaragua, the 21st season of U.S. reality show Survivor. She was a member of the La Flor tribe, a tribe originally consisting of players aged 30 and under. When a tribe switch occurred in the season's fifth episode, she remained on La Flor. She was voted out during the season's sixth episode where she placed 15th.