'She had changed': Did a concussion push Kelly Catlin to a breaking point?

15 March 2019 08:00
The family of the Olympic cyclist believes a concussion rapidly sent a life of dizzyingly high achievement into a tragic tailspinKelly Catlin’s family spent time this week sifting through old photographs of her in action. As a girl it seemed like she tried every sport possible and excelled at them all, from tennis to archery, downhill skiing, pistol shooting, athletics and soccer, before settling on cycling. She was a relentless competitor.“We’re kind of astounded at the number of different things that she did and she did so well,” said her father, Mark. “It reminds me of what a remarkable talent she was.” Related: Kelly Catlin: cycling world champion suffered concussion in months before suicide She could be an Olympian and a full-time straight-A graduate student. We idolize such strength, but in the end it was destructiveIn the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian