Shelley married her nutritionist and coach, John Romano, in 1993. The couple divorced a few years later.
Shelley's role model is actress Marlee Matlin, who is also deaf.
Shelley's favorite American Gladiator events were Skytrack and The Wall.
Shelley suffers from bipolar disorder.
Shelley appeared on the cover of Deaf Life magazine in July of 1991 and in December of 1992.
In August of 1993 Shelley's life story was told in Muscular Development magazine. She also appeared on the magazine's cover.
Shelley appeared on the cover of Female Bodybuilding magazine in March 1993, along with fellow Gladiator Diamond.
(On deaf actress Marlee Matlin)
Shelley: I totally admire her for what she's doing. She helps dispel the ignorance some people have about the deaf.
(On why her deafness is an asset to bodybuilding)
Shelley: I'm totally focused and never distracted. Nobody can mentally psych me out!
Shelley: I have been fortunate in overcoming a serious hearing loss to succeed in many athletic endeavors.
(On her first day as an American Gladiator)
Shelley: When I came out, the entire audience had their hands in the air and they were pounding on the bleachers. It brought tears to my eyes, because I felt so totally accepted.
Shelley: The only thing I can't do is hear.