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U.S. Olympic Silver Medal Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dead At 23, Commits Suicide

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| March 12 , 2019 , 16:38 IST

Cyclist Kelly Catlin, a member of the 2016 U.S. women’s pursuit team that won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, died on Thursday night by suicide, according to family members.

Catlin died in her on-campus residence at Stanford University by suicide, her second attempt since January. Her father, Mark, called her a “warrior princess” in a phone interview with The Washington Post, saying that “part of her undoing was her personal code. She gave 110 per cent to whatever she was doing.”

A graduate student at Stanford, Catlin was pursuing a degree in computational and mathematical engineering while training for track cycling as a member of the national team and racing as a professional road cyclist. She also excelled at the violin and as an artist.

Kelly Catlin was most known as being a member of the U.S. women's pursuit team that earned a silver medal during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She and the team earned three consecutive world championship titles between 2016 and 2018.

Catlin, who also took bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2017 and 2018 worlds, was also mourned by her professional team, Rally UHC Cycling.

"The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard," the team said in a Twitter posting. "Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult.

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"Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best."

Rally UHC Cycling issued a statement on social media saying, "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."