Icon Management and USA Track and Field have confirmed that Tori Bowie, the Olympic medallist and track and field athlete, has passed away at the age of 32.
Her representatives expressed their devastation over the loss of their “client, dear friend, daughter, and sister,” calling her “a champion… a beacon of light that shined so bright!”
Raised by her grandmother in Mississippi, Tori competed in the long jump, the 100m, and the 200m, and was a three-time Olympic medalist.
In 2016, she competed in Team USA’s relay team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and won gold. That same year, she won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m. Tori went on to win a gold medal the following year at the World Athletic Championships in London, both in the relay and in the 100m.
Before achieving success on the global stage, Tori attended the University of South Mississippi on an athletic scholarship for track and field, where she earned two long jump gold medals and the NCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship. She earned her first major medal in 2015 at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing.
The athlete was widely regarded as one of the fastest women in the world. Following the news of her sudden passing, fellow athletes have been paying tribute to her legacy. Noah Lyles, a fellow track and field sprinter, expressed his heartbreak and offered condolences to Tori’s family. Kenyan javelin star Julius Yego called Tori a “great champion and patriot of the sport” and offered prayers to her family.
Tori’s passing has come as a shock to the athletics community and beyond. She will be remembered as an accomplished athlete, a fierce competitor, and a beloved friend and family member. Our thoughts are with her loved ones during this difficult time.