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Teammate’s suicide stays with Duanesburg cyclist heading into Olympics

Teammate's suicide stays with Duanesburg cyclist heading into Olympics

Emma White, left, said she and Kelly Catlin just "clicked," despite their different personalities. White is headed to her first Olympics and said she thinks…

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Emma White, left, said she and Kelly Catlin just "clicked," despite their different personalities. White is headed to her first Olympics and said she thinks often about Catlin, who committed suicide in March 2019. (Emma White) While Duanesburg cyclist Emma White is heading to her first Olympics in Tokyo this week, she said her thoughts remain with her close friend and teammate who committed suicide two years ago.

Kelly Catlin, who won a silver medal in Team Pursuit at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, killed herself at age 23 in her Stanford University dorm room in March 2019.

“I know she would have been on the team, which is even more tough this time of year because she would have been going to the Games with us,” White said. “I have happy thoughts and sad thoughts. We’ve made a pact on our team to bring her up as much as possible and to laugh about it and bring up fun stories and we certainly don’t try to forget about her.”

Besides their USA Cycling affiliation, White and Catlin were teammates on Rally UHC Cycling, a road-racing team. They traveled together to London and Berlin and lived together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. “We practically lived together for five months, just because of the same road schedule,” White said. “We were really good roommates, so our coach kept putting us together. (Catlin) was very quirky and very funny, but for some reason, we clicked.”

White said she […]

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