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Kelly Catlin Bio, Wiki, Age, Triplets, Parents, Death, Cause of Death (Suicide), Mental Health

Kelly Catlin 23 year old American professional racing cyclist dies of an alleged suicide.

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Kelly Catlin Biography

Kelly Catlin was a 23-year-old three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist American professional racing cyclist who died on 7th March 2019 of an apparent suicide.

Kelly Catlin Age

Catlin was 23 years old at the time of her death.

Kelly Catlin Family; Parents

Kelly was born to Carolyn Emory and Mark Catlin as a fraternal triplet along with sister Christine and brother Colin.

Kelly Catlin Siblings/Kelly Catlin Triplets

Kelly had two siblings sister Christine and brother Colin; the three were her fraternal triplets.

Kelly Catlin Sister

Kelly Catlin sister, Christine Catlin has revealed that she was struggling mentally before she committed suicide. She has revealed that they had a phone conversation where Kelly said she was learning to appreciate things and enjoy life but if things didn’t change in a month, she was probably still going to kill herself.

“On the phone, she went back and forth from saying she was learning to appreciate things and enjoy life to saying if things didn’t change in a month, she was probably still going to kill herself. This was only two weeks ago. I thought we had more time. My last words to her were, ‘Please don’t kill yourself.’”

She also said that prior to the news of Kelly’s death she had not answered the phone in a week. “When I heard the news I was biking and my mom called me. We had been worried because [Kelly] hadn’t answered the phone in, like, a week. I was having a really sad feeling about that. When my mom called me I was hyperventilating and crying. I’ve been numb ever since.”

Kelly Catlin Transgender/ Kelly Catlin Trans

Kelly was not a transgender she was born female.

Kelly Catlin Education

Kelly attended Arden Hills for her High School, she graduated in 2018 from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Chinese. At the time of her death, she was attending Stanford University where she was undertaking a degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering.
VeloNews published a journal by Catlin on 27th February chronicling the challenges of balancing her education with training and riding for the national team at a world-class level.

Kelly Catlin Career

She rode for the UCI Women’s Team Rally UHC Cycling. During 2016, 2017, and 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, she won gold in the women’s team pursuit.

In 2017 Catlin signed with Rally Cycling road team and planned to return with the team again this year, having taken part in the team’s January training camp in Oxnard, California. This season she hadn’t competed with Rally as she was focusing on the track leading up to the world championships in February, although she withdrew from that competition and didn’t make the trip to Poland after being on the initial USA Cycling roster.

Kelly Catlin Career Highlights

  • 2016 world championships, gold medal in team pursuit
  • 2015 Pan American Games, gold (individual time trial), silver (team pursuit)

Kelly Catlin Death

Kelly died on 7th March 2019, her body was reportedly discovered by her roommate in the dorm room they shared on the Stanford University campus where she was enrolled as a graduate student.

Catlin’s father, Mark sent a letter to VeloNews which said she died on Friday night at her home in California by suicide.

“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. There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.” Mark Catlin wrote.

Colin, Kelly’s posted on his Facebook account on 8th March about his sister’s death saying she died of suicide.

“My sister Kelly committed suicide last night, she’s the one person I had shared almost my entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly.”

On 10th March, the USA Cycling sent a statement to the media which read: “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.”

Kelly Catlin Cause of Death

Kelly reportedly committed suicide which was confirmed by his brother through his post on Facebook.

“My sister Kelly committed suicide last night, she’s the one person I had shared almost my entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly.”

Kelly Catlin Mental Health/ Kelly Catlin Concussion

According to Kelly’s father, Mark Catlin Kelly had mental health struggles which begun in December after she suffered a concussion during a cycling race. She began having vision problems, severe headaches and was unable to complete workouts with her team.

“My wife and I talked to her weekly on the phone and she started to express apathy about cycling, which she’d never done before,” Mark says. “She had a lack of enthusiasm for the Olympic team, for training, for everything in life. We were concerned. She ran herself down. The concussion had a profound impact on her. She had these mental issues and she started to feel trapped.” Mark said.

The family has also revealed that in January Kelly had tried suicide but survived and underwent physical and mental health treatment for about two weeks before returning to school. Kelly’s mother said that at the time Kelly sent her friends and family a note via email but her mother thought she was describing symptoms of the concussion.

“She wrote that she had been having racing thoughts and her mind wasn’t working the way it used to. She described being tortured mentally by not being able to do what she used to do.”

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  1. Vickie Tway says

    I wonder if CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) will be suspected and looked for at autopsy. I would think she had her share of head injuries through the years as a cyclist. We must top looking at this as a “football” disease and look for it everywhere repeated concussions can occur. Most overlooked is equestrian eventing and bullriding. My brrother, involved his whole life in these sports recently committed suicide as have several well-known bullriders. And my teen daughter, a club and high school soccer player is always at risk. In some ways I hope this was not the cause in Caitlin’s case, but in other ways it would be the best outcome. Knowing the cause of a loved ones suicide, and knowing they had no control over it can make those left behind breath a little easier than spending the rest of their lives wondering , “Why?” I hope journalists will stay on top of this very tragic story. P.S. i believe the organization Pink Concussions just held a conference to discuss to prevalence of concussions in women and how they are not viewed as “important” as those in men. We can do better than this. We must do better than this.

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