Track world champion Kelly Catlin dead at 23
Mar 11 2019 07:10 pm CET

Track world champion Kelly Catlin dead at 23
Track world champion Kelly Catlin dead at 23
Photo of Kelly Catlin by Rally Cycling

American track cyclist Kelly Catlin (Rally Cycling) has died at the age of 23, the rider's father confirmed.

Mark Catlin announced the sad news in a letter sent to Velonews, saying that his daughter had died by suicuide at her California home on Friday night.

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

Despite being only 23 years old, Catlin has already become a significant force in cycling. After top ten spots in both the Time Trial and the Road Race of the UCI Junior World Championships in 2013, she went on to achieve great success on the track.

In 2015, Catlin won the Team Pursuit of the Pan American Track Championships with Sarah Hammer, Ruth Winder and Jennifer Valente. A year later, she repeated this at the UCI Track World Championships in addition to winning a Silver medal at the Olympic Team Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro.

The rider added another two Team Pursuit victories at the Track World Championships of both 2017 and 2018, to take her total to three.

In a journal post on Velonews, Catlin recently described the challenges of having to balance several aspects of life.

"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.

CyclingPub.com would like to extend its sincere condolences to Kelly's family, friends and colleagues.


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