Olympic cyclist from Arden Hills dies at 23

Kelly Catlin

Kelly Catlin, an Olympic cyclist and graduate student who grew up in Arden Hills, died on March 7. She was 23.

The bicycling news outlet VeloNews first reported, via a letter from Catlin’s father, that Catlin died by suicide at her home in California.

“We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing, and we will all miss her dearly,” said USA Cycling President Rob DeMartini in a statement. “We hope everyone seeks the support they need through the hard days ahead, and please keep the Catlin family in your thoughts.”

As part of the U.S. Women’s Pursuit Team, Catlin won three championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She also won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, among other professional accolades.

Catlin was also a graduate student in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University. In a recent essay for VeloNews, she wrote about the work-life balance.

“As athletes, we are all socially programmed to be stoic with our pain, to bear our burdens and not complain, even when such stoicism reaches the point of stupidity and those burdens begin to damage us,” she wrote. “These are hard habits to break.”

The Stanford Daily reported that Catlin’s roommate found her at their on-campus residence. The university held a moment of silence for her on March 8.

If you have thoughts of suicide or are concerned about someone else, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


—Matt Hudson

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