USA Cycling Announces the Creation of the Kelly Catlin Fund
March 14, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colo.- USA Cycling announced today the creation of the Kelly Catlin Fund. This fund was created in memory of USA Cycling National Team Member Kelly Catlin who was a 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and Three-Time World Champion who passed away on March 8. These funds will be dedicated to programs or services as determined after consulting with the Catlin Family at a later date.
“Kelly was many things to many people. She was a daughter, a sister, a friend and teammate, a scholar, a cyclist, a musician and an artist,” said Mark Catlin, Kelly’s father, “We hope, that through this fund, Kelly’s legacy will continue to live on.”
Catlin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Chinese from the University of Minnesota in 2018, and was pursuing a master’s degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University.
Catlin began racing as a Junior category athlete with the NorthStar Development Team in Minnesota. She first represented Team USA at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in the Junior Road Race and Junior Individual Time Trial. Her performances caught the attention of USA Cycling National Team coaches; Kelly was then invited to a training camp, which led her to joining the National Team as a track rider. Subsequently, she won three World Championships as a member of the Women’s Team Pursuit squad in 2016, '17 and ’18 at the UCI Track World Championships and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kelly also captured bronze medals at the 2017 & 2018 UCI Track World Championships in the Individual Pursuit. In addition, she was a member of the Rally UHC Cycling professional women's team.
“Kelly brought a certain spark to the team whenever they were together whether it was for a training camp or a competition. Her quiet focus and work ethic spurred the other women to give 100 percent every time they got on the bike,” said Gary Sutton, Head Track Endurance Coach for USA Cycling, “Kelly will be missed by all of us and will never be far from our minds.”
“Kelly accomplished more by the age of 23 than many accomplish in a lifetime. The magnitude of her passing has been felt across our entire community,” said Rob DeMartini, President and CEO of USA Cycling, “We know, that through this fund, Kelly will continue to make a difference.”
For more information on the Kelly Catlin Fund, visit: https://www.usacycling.org/foundation/kelly-catlin-fund
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About USA Cycling (usacycling.org)
USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.
USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. In 1920, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling’s 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.
About the USA Cycling Foundation (usacycling.org/foundation)
The USA Cycling Foundation (USACF) is the non-profit fundraising arm of USA Cycling for U.S. National and Olympic team athlete development. The USACF was incorporated in 2000 as a IRS designated 501(c)(3) to raise money for year-round support of athlete training, development, competition and travel needs. The Foundation receives no federal funding or subsidies and operates solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and other foundations. The money raised by the Foundation supports athletes in all disciplines of competitive cycling.
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