U.S Olympic Gold Medalist Dies Suddenly at 32

American Olympic gold medalist Tori Bowie has tragically died suddenly at just 32 years old.

The celebrated runner won three Olympic medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Bowie’s death was announced Wednesday by USA Track and Field and confirmed by her management company.

No cause of death was given.

Her agent, Kimberly Holland, told CNN that the elite athlete was found dead at home in Florida.

Bowie was not known to be suffering from any illnesses when she died.

“We’re devasted to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” Icon Management said on Twitter.

“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.”

“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” USA Track and Field said.

“A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.”

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In a news release, the group said she was “[o]ne of the most exciting athletes to come out of the state of Mississippi.”

Bowie grew up in Sandhill, a few miles northeast of Jackson.

As a teenager, she was coaxed into track and quickly rose up the ranks as a sprinter and long jumper.

She attended Southern Mississippi, where she swept the long jump NCAA championships at the indoor and outdoor events in 2011.

Bowie turned in an electric performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At the event, she won silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200.

She then ran the anchor leg on a 4×100 team with Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner to take gold.

A year later, she won the 100 meters at the 2017 world championships in London.

She also helped the 4×100 team to gold.

Bowie was taken in by her grandmother as an infant after she was left at a foster home.

She considered herself a basketball player and only reluctantly showed up for track.

But Bowie was a fast learner, becoming a state champion in the 100, 200, and long jump before going to college.

Her first major international medal was a 100-meter bronze at the Championships in Athletics in 2015.

After winning, she said, “My entire life, my grandmother told me I could do whatever I set my mind to.”

“Off the track, Bowie was a professional fashion model and walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week in 2019 for Y-3, a collaboration label between her athletic sponsor, Adidas, and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto,” USA Track and Field said.

“She also featured in Valentino’s 2018 Resort campaign and did work with Stella McCartney.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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