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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.

Kelly Catlin
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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
  • Road
  • Track
Amateur team(s)
2014–2016NorthStar Development Cycling
Professional team(s)
2017–2019Rally Cycling



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 due to a cycling accident.[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]


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 resultsEdit


  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. ^ a b c d Boren, Cindy (March 10, 2019). "Kelly Catlin dies: U.S. Olympic cycling medalist was 23". The Washington Post – via The Denver Post.
  4. ^ a b "Kelly Catlin: Three-time world track champion dies aged 23". BBC News. March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "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". 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. ^ a b c d e "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". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Results for 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Nationals - USA Cycling Criterium 06/22/2018". Retrieved March 11, 2019.

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