Kelly Catlin dead: Three-time world track cycling champion passes away aged 23

Three-time world track cycling champion Kelly Catlin has died aged 23.

USA Cycling confirmed the Olympic medalist, who won silver at the Rio Games, has passed away.

“We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing,” said USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini.

“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.

“The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s team-mates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Catlin won silver in Rio

Catlin claimed glory in the team pursuit at three successive world championships on the track between 2016 and 2018.

She also won individual pursuit bronze at the 2017 and 2018 championships.

Catlin won all three of her titles alongside Chloe Dygert Owen and Jennifer Valente. Kimberley Geist was part of the team in 2017 and 2018, while Sarah Hammer rode in the 2016 triumph.

She was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota last year with degrees in mathematics and Chinese.

Tributes have been paid to the cyclist

Catlin was studying computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University in California.

Her team Rally UCH Cycling posted on Twitter : “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 team-mate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.”


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