The world champ takes her own life at 23.
After earning three consecutive world championship titles from 2016-18, 23-year-old U.S. Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin has passed away by an apparent suicide.
While the U.S. olympian wrote into VeloNews last month about balancing her athletic and academic careers, taking to the publication on Sunday (Mar. 10), her father, Mark Catlin, reveals his daughter died Friday night at her California home.
He adds, “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.”
Also, USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini released his own statement:
We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing. We will all miss her dearly. Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy.
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