Three-time track and field Olympic medalist and two-time world champion Tori Bowie has tragically passed away at the age of 32.
The death of U.S. sprinter Bowie was announced on Wednesday by her management company and USA Track and Field. No cause of death has been given.
USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel issued a statement on Bowie’s passing:
“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion. A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable and she will be greatly missed.”
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Bowie grew up in Sandhill, Mississippi, and was taken in by her grandmother as an infant after she was left at a foster home.
Although she considered herself more of a basketball player, Bowie attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she quickly became a star sprinter and long jumper. In 2011, she won an NCAA championship in the indoor and outdoor competitions.
In 2015, Bowie won bronze at the World Championships in Beijing in the 100-meter event.
In 2016, she made her Olympic debut at the Rio Games where she won silver in the 100-meter dash and bronze in the 200-meter dash. Bowie also won gold in the anchor leg on a 4×100 team with Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner.
The following year, she competed at the World Championships in London and won gold in the 4×100-meter relay and in the 100-meter dash.
In a statement on Twitter, Icon Management announced the sad news, saying, “We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away. We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion… a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”
“We’re devasted to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away. We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends. pic.twitter.com/ES83SjM7u4
— Icon Management Inc. (@iconmanagement) May 3, 2023