American Racing Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dies At 23!

Published Date: 11 Mar, 2019 Updated date: 11 Mar, 2019 By Celebs Podium

A major contributor to the U.S. Women’s pursuit team’s silver medal triumph at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics 2016, Kelly Catlin was confirmed dead on 10 March 2019. The deceased’s father lighted the unfortunate demise as a committed suicide.

Kelly Catlin, one of the most promising American cyclist, is no more with us. The 23-years-of-age young sports persona took her life in her on-campus residence at Stanford University on 8 March; however, the University announced the incident on Friday.

The Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Susie Brubaker-Cole emailed the announcement to the student community writing,

There is no indication of foul play. It is wrenching to have to report this news to you, even more so following the deaths of other members of our community who have passed away recently. Our thoughts and hearts are with the family and friends of the student who passed away last night.

Amidst that, Kelly’s father, Mark Catlin informed to the Velo News that his daughter died by suicide. He further passed the emotional message stating,

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. There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.

Besides, USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini offered his condolences to the deceased Olympic track cyclist via a statement on Friday. He wrote,

The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches, and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.

USA Cycling Community pay tribute to late Kelly Catlin on 10 March 2019 (Picture: USA Cycling’s Twitter)

Kelly was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford before she took her life.

Kelly Catlin’s Bio, Family, Career

Kelly Catlin was born on 3 November 1995 in her hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The American-native was one of the triplet daughters of her parents. She grew up alongside her sisters, Christine Catlin and Colin Catlin.

Kelly received immense support and motivation from her family to pursue her career in professional cycle racing. Following her amateur career with NorthStar Development Cycling from 2014 to 2016, she bagged three gold medals in the U.S. women’s team pursuit at 2016, 2017, and 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Kelly was the part of UCI Women’s Team Rally UHC Cycling before waving a final goodbye to this world.

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