American Olympic Racing Cyclist, Kelly Catlin Dies at the age of 23
American Olympic racing cyclist, Kelly Catlin Killed herself
Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin died late last week, USA cycling confirmed this news on Sunday. She was 23 years old only. According to Kelly brother Colin, said on Facebook Friday that his sister killed herself.
“She’s the one person I had shared almost my entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly,” he wrote in the post.
Kelly, a current USA Cycling national team member, who has won the silver medal in women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family,” Rob DeMartini, USA Cycling president, and CEO said in a statement. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff.”
Kelly Catlin was a student and an Athlete
Kelly Catlin was a native of Minnesota according to the USA Cycling website information and was an alumna of the University of Minnesota.
She was a graduate student at Stanford University, who was studying computational mathematics. Kelly also wrote for the cycling magazine Velo News where she described her struggles in juggling her academic and athletic career.
“Being a graduate student, track cyclist, and professional road cyclist can instead feel like I need to time-travel to get everything done. And things still slip through the cracks,” she wrote. “It’s like juggling with knives, but I really am dropping a lot of them. It’s just that most of them hit the floor and not me.”