Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the US women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio games, has died at the age of 23.
According to Daily Mail: Catlin’s family confirmed that she took her own life.
The track cyclist, who was part of the US team pursuit squads that captured world championship titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018, had recently suffered a concussion.
Her sister Christine said that Catlin ‘had not been the same mentally ever since’ and had attempted suicide in January.
“[She] was a really special person – kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did,” Christine told The Washington Post.
“She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape.”
“She had suffered a concussion a few months ago and had not been the same mentally ever since.”
Catlin’s father said his daughter committed suicide on Thursday night.
“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark told VeloNews.
“There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”
Catlin’s roommate found her dead at their on-campus residence at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. There were no signs of foul play.
The star athlete had been working on a graduate degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. She had graduated from the University of Minnesota last year with undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Chinese.
Catlin was the youngest in a set of triplets that included Christine and brother Colin, who posted about her death on his Facebook page.