At the 2016 Olympics, Bowie won her first gold medal as part of the USA 4x100m relay team.
The following year, at the World Athletics Championships in London, she won another relay gold and an individual gold in the 100m, defeating Marie-Josée Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast in a photo finish. Speaking after her victory, Bowie was elated, saying, “Am I really world champion?”
Bowie went on to win two more medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a silver in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m.
Born and raised in Mississippi, she discovered her talent for track and field after winning state titles in the 100m, 200m, and long jump.
After winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi, Bowie won national titles in indoor and outdoor long jump in 2011.
She later shifted her focus to sprinting, winning the hearts of many with her explosive speed.
In 2019, she returned to long jump and finished fourth at the world championships.
However, she did not attempt to qualify for the US team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Bowie’s success on the track did not change her humble nature. Despite her global recognition, she remained connected to her roots, stating in 2016, “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.'”
Tori Bowie Cause of Death
Tori Bowie, the former Olympic and world champion sprinter, passed away at the age of 32 in her Florida home, her management company confirmed on Wednesday.
While the cause of her death remains unknown, the sports community has mourned the loss of the athlete, who won three gold medals on the global stage.
The three-time Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, expressed her condolences on Twitter, saying, “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.”