Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin, Silver Medallist, Dies Of Suicide At 23; Tributes Pour In
Olympic silver medalist Kelly Catlin died late last week. The cyclist was just 23 years old when she was found dead in her apartment.
Catlin’s brother, Colin, wrote on Friday that his sister had killed herself.
“She’s the one person I had shared almost my. entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly,” he posted.
Catlin was a USA Cycling national team member and took home a 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.”
Around the world of cycling, condolences and kind words were offered for Catlin.
The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard. Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult. Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.https://t.co/azrTP4fIy9
— Rally UHC Cycling (@RallyUHCcycling) March 10, 2019
Retired professional cyclist Michael Sayers tweeted, “My sincere condolences to the family of Kelly Catlin, Staford Cycling, @RallyUHCcycling What a monumental lose for the cycling community here in the USA #olympian.”
— Michael Sayers (@Mickeyhavoc) March 10, 2019
Katie Uhlaender, a fellow American racer, wrote: “Thoughts and prayers for her and her family #WEIGHTOFGOLD Three-time world track cycling champion Kelly Catlin passes away aged 23.”
— Katie Uhlaender (@KatieU11) March 10, 2019