Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead at age 23

Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead at age 23

She was also member of the team that took the silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, native was a natural talent on the bike, only picking up the sport when she was 17 and rapidly ascending to be one of the top competitors. "As athletes, we are all socially programmed to be stoic with our pain, to bear our burdens and not complain, even when such stoicism reaches the point of stupidity and those burdens begin to damage us. The hurt is unbelievable", Catlin's father Mark wrote in an email to Velo News.

"The thing that haunts me is that she called me about a week and a half before (she died) and we talked for like 2.5 hours and she opened up to me about her whole life", Christine Catlin said.

Caitlin most recently helped lead the US women's team pursuit team to a gold medal at the 2018 world championships - her third-straight championship in the event. "Or perhaps you're expecting a nice, encouraging slogan like, 'Being a student only makes me a better athlete!' After all, I somehow make everything work, right?"

Rob DeMartini USA Cycling chief executive released a statement on March 10 saying that the cycling community is sad about this loss. Sure. Yeah, that's somewhat accurate. Her father told the publication that she died by suicide.

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"The truth is that most of the time, I don't make everything work". "I could always see the three of us taking over the world. I am also a proud member of the US National Team and the 2016 US Olympic Team, where I competed in the team pursuit and earned a silver medal with my team", reads her LinkedIn bio, in part.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family", USA Cycling said. He was among the first to recognize her talent, when Catlin joined the team in 2013 as a "diamond in the rough".

Her death was confirmed by USA Cycling on Sunday following reports she had passed away on Friday.

Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the U.S. national team.

"We are deeply saddened by Kelly's passing, and we will all miss her dearly". This is an incredibly hard time and we want to respect their privacy.

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