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Monday, 11 March 2019

US cycling rocked by tragic death of Olympian


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USA Cycling is in mourning today after Olympian and three-time World Champion Kelly Catlin passed away at just 23 years of age.

Catlin's father Mark confirmed to VeloNews in a letter that Catlin had taken her own life at her home in California on Saturday (AEDT).

Caltin helped the US women's pursuit team win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won gold with the team at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Championships.

Following the tragic news, USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini said the cycling community had suffered a "devastating loss" in a statement.

"Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family," the statement read.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy.

Australian cycling champion Anna Meares also took to her personal Twitter account to pass on her condolences.

https://twitter.com/AnnaMeares/status/1104893514666536961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

USA Cycling is in mourning today after Olympian and three-time World Champion Kelly Catlin passed away at just 23 years of age.

Catlin's father Mark confirmed to VeloNews in a letter that Catlin had taken her own life at her home in California on Saturday (AEDT).

Caltin helped the US women's pursuit team win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won gold with the team at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Championships.

Following the tragic news, USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini said the cycling community had suffered a "devastating loss" in a statement.

"Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family," the statement read.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy.

Australian cycling champion Anna Meares also took to her personal Twitter account to pass on her condolences.

https://twitter.com/AnnaMeares/status/1104893514666536961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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