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Three-time world champion Kelly Catlin dies at 23

Three-time world champion Kelly Catlin dies at 23
By Eurosport

10/03/2019 at 19:23Updated 10/03/2019 at 19:32

Three-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Kelly Catlin has died aged 23, USA Cycling have confirmed.

Catlin won three straight team pursuit world titles and silver at Rio in the same event.

"We are deeply saddened by Kelly's passing," USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement.

"We will all miss her dearly. Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy.

"The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly's team-mates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving."

Catlin raced on the road for Rally UHC Cycling, who released a statement of their own saying: "The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard. Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult.

"Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.

"All of us at Rally and UHC are deeply saddened by the passing of such a talented young woman, Kelly Catlin. We are honored to have had such an exceptional individual as part of Rally UHC Cycling. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones, teammates & friends."