Three-time Olympic medalist and world champion American sprinter, Frentorish 'Tori' Bowie, has died at the age of 32.
Her death was confirmed in a statement on Wednesday by U.S.A. Track and Field, which provided no other details.
Fellow Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wrote on Twitter: “My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace.”
We join our friends at USA Track & Field and across the Olympic community in mourning the passing of 3x Olympic medalist Tori Bowie.
She was an admired friend, teammate, and a great representative of Team USA. We send our sincere condolences to all who know and loved her. pic.twitter.com/rbZ2JTYeQy
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) May 3, 2023
Born and raised in Mississippi, Bowie was a talented athlete from a young age. She started off playing basketball before moving to track, where she won state titles in 100m, 200m and long jump.
Bowie won three gold medals on the global stage. Her first came at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she ran with Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix and English Gardner in the 4x100m relay. She also won the silver medal in the 100m and bronze in the 200m sprint.
In 2017, she went on to win another relay gold at the World Athletics Championships in London and won individual gold in the 100m dash.
“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said in a statement. “A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.”
In remembrance of Tori Bowie: Olympic & World Champion pic.twitter.com/Jv2nWUOFSz
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 3, 2023