Kelly Catlin

Kelly Catlin (November 3, 1995 – March 7, 2019) was an American professional racing cyclist who rode for UCI Women's Team Rally UHC Cycling. Catlin won gold medals in the women's team pursuit at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. She also won a silver medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Catlin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota; she was a triplet, with a brother and sister. She earned a degree in mathematics and Chinese from the University of Minnesota, and was studying at Stanford University for a graduate degree in computational and mathematical engineering. In addition to her career as a professional road cyclist, Catlin was an artist and a violinist.

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Kelly Catlin
Personal information
Full nameKelly Catlin
Born(1995-11-03)November 3, 1995
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
DiedMarch 7, 2019(2019-03-07) (aged 23)
Stanford, California, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Team information
Discipline
  • Road
  • Track
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
2014–2016NorthStar Development Cycling
Professional team(s)
2017–2019Rally Cycling

Kelly Catlin (November 3, 1995 – March 7, 2019) was an American professional racing cyclist[1] who rode for UCI Women's Team Rally UHC Cycling.[2] Catlin won gold medals in the women's team pursuit at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. She also won a silver medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Biography

Catlin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota; she was a triplet, with a brother and sister.[3][4] She earned a degree in mathematics and Chinese from the University of Minnesota, and was studying at Stanford University for a graduate degree in computational and mathematical engineering.[3][5][6] In addition to her career as a professional road cyclist, Catlin was an artist and a violinist.[3][5]

Catlin died on March 7, 2019, at Stanford University following an episode of depression.[7] According to her sister, she committed suicide months after suffering a concussion.[3][8][9] The university issued a statement saying that Catlin's roommate found her dead in her on-campus residence without any sign of foul play.[10] Following her death, her family donated Catlin's brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank at Boston University for further research into concussions.[11][12]

Cycling

Catlin started cycling at age 17.[13] She participated in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships three times and won gold medals in all of them.[4] Catlin won gold medals in the women's team pursuit at the 2016, 2017,[14] and 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. She also won a silver medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5] She was a member of the women's team of Rally UHC Cycling.[5]

Major results

2015
2nd Individual pursuit, Independence Day Grand Prix[15]
2016
1st Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships[9]
2nd Team pursuit, Olympic Games[9]
2017
UCI Track World Championships
1st Team pursuit[9]
3rd Individual pursuit[5]
2018
UCI Track World Championships
1st Team pursuit[9]
3rd Individual pursuit[5]
2nd Criterium, National Road Championships[16]

References

  1. "Kelly Catlin". Cycling Archives. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. Soladay, Tom. "2019 men's and women's rosters". Rally UHC Cycling. Circuit Sport. Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Boren, Cindy (March 10, 2019). "Kelly Catlin dies: U.S. Olympic cycling medalist was 23". The Washington Post via The Denver Post.
  4. 1 2 "Kelly Catlin: Three-time world track champion dies aged 23". BBC News. March 10, 2019.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "USA's Kelly Catlin, three-time cycling world champion, dies aged 23". The Guardian. March 10, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. Malach, Pat (March 10, 2019). "Kelly Catlin dies at age 23". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  7. Kussoy, Howie (March 11, 2019). "Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin's family confirms cause of death as suicide".
  8. Dreier, Fred. "Kelly Catlin passes away at 23". VeloNews. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 "U.S. Olympic medalist Kelly Catlin dies at age 23". Reuters. March 10, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  10. "US Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23, Police Suspect Suicide". News18. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  11. "Family of cyclist Kelly Catlin to donate her brain for research; fund created in her honor". USA Today. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  12. "USA Cycling creates fund honoring Catlin". ESPN. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  13. "'She had changed': Did a concussion push Kelly Catlin to a breaking point?". The Guardian. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  14. Qualifying results
  15. "Results for U.S. Independence Day Grand Prix - USA Cycling". legacy.usacycling.org. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  16. "Results for 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Nationals - USA Cycling Criterium 06/22/2018". legacy.usacycling.org. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
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