November 30, 2023

By Pat Graham

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Tori Bowie, the sprinter who received three Olympic medals on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, has died. She was 32.

Bowie’s demise was introduced Wednesday by her administration firm and USA Monitor and Area. No reason behind demise was given.

“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” USA Monitor and Area CEO Max Siegel stated in a press release. “A gifted athlete, her affect on the game is immeasurable, and she or he will probably be significantly missed.”

United States’ Tori Bowie smiles as she holds the gold medal she received within the Ladies’s 100m closing through the World Athletics Championships in London, Aug. 7, 2017. Bowie’s demise was introduced Wednesday by her administration firm and USA Monitor and Area. No reason behind demise was given. (AP Photograph/Alastair Grant)

In line with the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace in Orlando, Florida, deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to a house within the space “for a well-being examine of a lady in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in a number of days.”

The sheriff’s workplace wrote {that a} lady, “tentatively recognized as Frentorish “Tori” Bowie (DOB: 8/27/1990), was discovered lifeless within the residence. There have been no indicators of foul play.”

Rising up in Sandhill, Mississippi, Bowie was coaxed into observe as a youngster and shortly rose up the ranks as a sprinter and lengthy jumper. She attended Southern Mississippi, the place she swept the lengthy bounce NCAA championships on the indoor and out of doors occasions in 2011.

Bowie turned in an electrical efficiency on the 2016 Rio Olympics, the place she received silver within the 100 and bronze within the 200. She then ran the anchor leg on a 4×100 staff with Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix and English Gardner to take gold.

A 12 months later, she received the 100 meters on the 2017 world championships in London. She additionally helped the 4×100 staff to gold.

“She was a really enthusiastic, glowing character,” stated observe coach Craig Poole, who labored with Bowie early in her profession and once more later. “She was actually enjoyable to work with.”

The observe and area group mourned the lack of Bowie on social media. Jamaican dash sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce posted on Twitter: “My coronary heart breaks for the household of Tori Bowie. A fantastic competitor and supply of sunshine. Your vitality and smile will all the time be with me. Relaxation in peace.”

Added U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones: “Too younger. Gutted to listen to about Tori Bowie. Unimaginable expertise. A fantastic runner. I pray for the consolation of her household, thank your for blessing us together with her. The working group mourns an unbelievable loss.”

Brittney Reese, a three-time Olympic medalist within the lengthy bounce, wrote: “I’m so heartbroken over this … You might have made numerous us proud thanks for representing our state of Mississippi such as you did … RIP!”

Bowie was taken in by her grandmother as an toddler after she was left at a foster residence. She thought of herself a basketball participant and solely reluctantly confirmed up for observe, however Bowie was a quick learner, changing into a state champion within the 100, 200 and lengthy bounce earlier than going to varsity.

Her first main worldwide medal was a 100-meter bronze at worlds in 2015. After successful, she stated, “my complete life my grandmother informed me I may do no matter I set my thoughts to.”

In a put up on Twitter, Icon Administration included an image of Bowie holding up her arms within the form of a coronary heart. The administration firm wrote: “We’ve misplaced a shopper, pricey pal, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of sunshine that shined so vibrant! We’re actually heartbroken and our prayers are with the household and buddies.”