Tragic news coming out of the world of Olympic sports today. Multiple outlets are reporting that U.S. track cyclist Kelly Catlin has died at age 23. According to her father, the young star took her own life.
Kelly's dad, Mark Catlin, is the one who reported his daughter’s death, saying she passed away Friday night at her home. He did not reveal any details about the manner of suicide, but he did make a heartbreaking statement.
"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 ... The hurt is unbelievable."
Kelly was part of the silver medal-winning women’s cycling team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
The CEO of United States Cycling, Tom DeMartini, issued the following statement:
"[T]he 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."
Individually, Kelly won the world title three times during her professional career, and it seemed that there would many more such accolades in what looked to be a bright future.
Kelly had a busy life. She was trying to balance academic demands with her cycling training, working on a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford University. To those who knew her, her ending seemed unfathomable.
Please join us in praying for this beautiful girl’s family, as they mourn their unimaginable loss. Rest in peace, Kelly.
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