Kelly Catlin, Olympic silver medalist and pro road cyclist, dies at 23

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Kelly Catlin, a silver medalist at the Rio Olympics, graduate student at Stanford, classical violinist, and cyclist for Rally Pro Cycling, has died. She was 23.

Catlin was discovered by a roommate in an on-campus residence at Stanford. There was no indication of foul play, according to a statement from the university.

Catlin was part of the U.S. women’s team pursuit program that made the final in Rio, and she won a gold medal in the individual pursuit at the Pan-American Championships last fall. She won three world championship titles on the track.

“The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin, our USA Cycling National Team member,” USA Cycling wrote in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. Kelly was more than an athlete to us, she was and will always be part of the USA Cycling family.

This is an incredibly difficult time for the Catlin family and we want to respect their privacy while they support each other.”

Catlin balanced elite track competition a road racing career and with her pursuit of a graduate degree in Computational Mathematics at Stanford.

A soccer player through much of her young life, Catlin raced in the Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League, which she competed in through 2012 and 2013, and in the local road racing scene in Minnesota. Impressive results in elite women’s categories as a teenager got her noticed by USA Cycling, and she was quickly pulled into the endurance track program. That led to her position on the 2016 Olympic team.

CyclingTips would like to extend our condolences to everyone lucky enough to know Kelly.

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