The former Olympic and world champion sprinter Tori Bowie passes away at the age of 32. Bowie found dead at her home in Orlando, Florida. The local sheriff’s department went for checking on a woman in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in several days. The department was not treating the death as suspicious. The management company did not reveal the cause of her death. Tori was born and brought up in Mississippi where she played basketball as a child before taking up track events. She won two other Olympics medals: a silver and bronze in the 100m and 200m respectively in Rio in 2016.
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World and Olympic Sprint Champion: Tori Bowie
The American Sprinter won three gold medals on the global stage. Her first came as part of the USA 4x100m relay team at the 2016 Olympics. 2017 was even more successful for her as she added another relay gold at the World Athletics Championships in London. She also won individual gold in the 100m, beating Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou in a photo finish.
“I had no idea. All I knew was I wanted to give it everything I’ve got,” Bowie said after her victory. “Am I really a World Champion?”
USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie. Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said in a statement. “A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable, The Sportsworld will miss her.”
“She was a very enthusiastic, sparkling personality,” Craig Poole, who coached Bowie at several points in her career, told the Associated Press. “She was really fun to work with.”
Tori Bowie’s Childhood:
Bowie was born and raised in Mississippi. Her grandmother raised her in the town of Sand Hill. She played basketball as a girl before she found out her real talent on the track. Bowie won state titles in the 100m, 200m, and long jump. Bowie enjoyed more success at college after securing an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi. She won National titles in 2011 in the indoor and outdoor long jump. She concentrated on that discipline after graduation before her explosive speed persuaded her to focus on sprinting in 2014. Bowie returned to the long jump in 2019. She finished fourth at the world championships. She did not attempt to qualify for the US team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
“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,’” she said in 2016.
“I remember just racing everywhere as a child, like in the trees, wherever … I raced all the time,” she told the Guardian in 2017.