American cyclist Kelly Catlin, a three time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympic runner up in team pursuit has died at age 23, USA Cycling confirmed Sunday. US team pursuits squads that captured world titles in 2016,2017 and 2018 but she with drew from the American team that failed to defend the tital February 27-28 at the 2019 worlds in Poland.
Catlin was studying for a graduate degree in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford , after competing an undergraduate degree in mathematics and Chinese.
The US Cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin, USA Cycling president Rob De Martini said in a statement.
Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family. The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. A report in Velo News on Sunday said Catlin committed suicide on Thursday night, citing an e-mail from her father Mark and Facebook posting from her brother Colin.
A statement by Stanford University said an unnamed student was found dead in her on-campus residence by her roommate Thursday with no signs of foul play. The Guardian reported that Catlin wrote last month on Velo News about Balancing her athletic and academic career. Being a graduate student track cyclist and professional road cyclist can insted feel like I need to time travel to get every thing done. And Things still slip through the cracks…
This is probably by the point when you will expect me to say something cliche like, “Time management is everything’ But the truth is that most of the time,I don’t make every thing work.”