Kelly Catlin, an Olympic track cyclist who helped the United States women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died on Friday at her home in California. She was 23.
The USA Cycling chief executive, Rob DeMartini, said in a statement on Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”
Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, broke the news in a letter sent to VeloNews Sunday morning. Mark Catlin said that Kelly had died Friday night at her residence in California. Mark Catlin said that Kelly died by suicide.
Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the United States national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was working toward a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.