The world of athletics mourns the passing of Tori Bowie, a former world champion sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist, who died at the young age of 33. The news of Bowie's passing was officially confirmed by her management, who issued a statement expressing their deep sadness and heartbreak.
Bowie was a gifted and talented athlete who rose to prominence on the global stage, capturing gold at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London in the 100-meter race, silver in the 200-meter race, and gold in the 4x100-meter relay.
In 2016, she competed at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won a silver medal in the 100m and a gold medal in the 4x100m relay.
Tributes from the Athletics Community
The news of Bowie's passing has elicited an outpouring of tributes from her fellow athletes and the athletics community.
Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce expressed her heartbreak in a tweet, writing, "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." The CEO of USA Track and Field, Max Siegel, issued a statement saying, "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." Bowie's former coach, Craig Poole, described her as "a very enthusiastic, sparkling personality" and "really fun to work with."
USATF is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion.
Her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.
Rising from Humble Beginnings
Bowie was raised by her grandmother in the small town of Sand Hill, Mississippi, with a population of fewer than 100 people. However, her talent and drive propelled her to the global stage, and she became a source of inspiration for many.
In 2016, Bowie spoke of her hopes that one day her hometown would be recognized as the birthplace of a world-renowned athlete, saying, "One day I hope that I can come to Sand Hill and there's this huge sign that says, 'Welcome to Sand Hill, home of Tori Bowie.'
" In addition to her athletic achievements, Bowie was also known for her humanitarian work and her support of organizations fighting poverty and discrimination. She was born on August 27, 1990, in Sand Hill, Mississippi, and prior to her athletic career, she played basketball and briefly modeled professionally.
Her personal bests in the 100m and 200m were 10.78 seconds and 21.77 seconds, respectively. The athletics world has lost a talented and inspirational figure in Tori Bowie, and she will be deeply missed.