Mar 13, 2019 by Helena

Sadly U.S. Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin Takes Her Own Life at 23

Heartbreaking news that Olympic medalist Kelly Catlin has passed away. She was only 23 years old and helped the U.S. Olympic cycling team to a silver medal in the 2016 Rio games, so Relevant Magazine reports. 

“The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling President and Chief Executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family.”

The father of Kelly Catlin has shared that his daughter sadly took her own life. “There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” he wrote. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

Catlin won three consecutive world championship titles with the U.S. women’s pursuit team and was also a Computational Mathematics student at Stanford University.

Our prayers go out to the family and friends during this horrible time. 

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