Kelly Catlin a silver medalist and member of the US women's pursuit team during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, committed suicide on the Stanford University campus on March 7, 2019.
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"Now I am going to say something cliché: The greatest strength you will ever develop is the ability to recognize your own weaknesses, and to learn to ask for help when you need it", she wrote. "... After all, I somehow make everything work, right?"
"I know this hits each of us in different ways", Drell said.
Rob DeMartini USA Cycling chief executive released a statement on March 10 saying that the cycling community is sad about this loss. "Kelly was more than an athlete to us, she was and will always be part of the USA Cycling family". She also earned a bronze medal in the Individual Pursuit at the 2018 world championships. "I still fail", she wrote. "It's just that a lot of them hit the floor and not me".
She won all three of her world titles alongside Chloe Dygert Owen and Jennifer Valente, while Kimberley Geist was part of the 2017 and 2018 triumphs after Sarah Hammer rode in 2016.
Caitlin most recently helped lead the US women's team pursuit team to a gold medal at the 2018 world championships - her third-straight championship in the event.
Catlin died in her on-campus residence at Stanford University; her family members said she died by suicide. Her death at age 23 comes less than two weeks after VeloNews published a journal she wrote on continuing her cycling career while pursuing a Stanford education. She joined and first competed on the team in 2017.
"It is wrenching to have to report this news to you, even more so following the deaths of other members of our community who have passed away recently", Brubaker-Cole wrote to students, according to The Stanford Daily.
"All of us at Rally and UHC are deeply saddened by the passing of such a talented young woman, Kelly Catlin". This is an incredibly hard time and we want to respect their privacy.