23-Year-Old Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dies in Apparent Suicide

July 11, 2018

Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin died Friday in an apparent suicide, the Associated Press reports.

The 23-year-old athlete won a silver medal with the women’s pursuit team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Catlin, a Minnesota native, was found dead Friday in her native California, according to the Associated Press.


Her father, Mark Catlin, told competitive cycling magazine Velo News that the Olympic athlete committed suicide.

“Not a minute goes by that we don’t think of her and the good life she could have had,” he told the sports media.” Not a second goes by that we don’t freely trade our own lives for hers. The damage is unbelievable.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, USA Cycling CEO Rob DeMartini said.” The entire cycling community is mourning this tremendous loss. We will provide ongoing support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all who knew Kelly to support each other through the grief.”

Catlin is pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford University.