I didn't know Amy Dombroski personally, but quite a few people who are my friends did, some of them are lucky to be able to say she was their friend.
The sport of cyclocross is still esoteric enough that you'll either be friendly with a number of top pros or have friends that are. So many people have shared memories of Amy, her impact on THEIR lives, her generosity, intensity, sense of humor, and of course her talent on the bike - learning all of this makes me wish I'd had the good fortune to have met Amy as well, to have become her friend too.
Yet, her relationships with the people that I know has changed them. Some part of her is embodied in who THEY are. The next time I see these friends, embrace them, and tell them how sorry I am for their loss, I will also be embracing a part of who Amy was.