Olivia Podmore is no longer alive. After a controversial Instagram post, an Olympic cyclist died at the age of 24.
Olivia Podmore, a 24-year-old track cyclist from New Zealand, has died.
Olivia Podmore, a track cyclist, died at the age of 24. She competed in last year’s world championships and represented New Zealand in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
She was not chosen for the Tokyo Olympics, but she won the New Zealand keirin title in 2017 and competed in the women’s team sprint event in Rio.
Podmore died just hours after sharing an Instagram post about the difficulties of competing at the highest level.
She commented, “Sport is a fantastic release for so many people; it’s a struggle, it’s a fight, but it’s so joyful.”
“The feeling when you win is unlike any other, but the feeling when you lose, when you don’t get selected even though you qualify, when [you’re] injured, when you don’t meet society’s expectations such as owning a house, marrying, and having children all because you’re trying to give everything to your sport is also unlike any other.”
Cycling New Zealand issued a statement in response to Podmore’s death, expressing their heartfelt condolences to the rider’s friends and family.
Olivia was a well-liked and respected member of the Cycling New Zealand team, according to the statement.
“At this time, we’re offering assistance to our employees and riders, as well as the cycling community and those who knew Olivia.
“At this time, Cycling New Zealand expresses its sincere condolences to Olivia’s family, and we ask that the media respect Olivia’s family, friends, and our athletes’ privacy.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and other members of the New Zealand community who are mourning this tragedy.
“As we return home from Tokyo, we are providing wellbeing assistance for members of her team as well as the rest of the staff.
“Olivia represented New Zealand with honor and pride at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
“She was an important component of the team, and her absence will be felt throughout the New Zealand sporting community.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that they attended a sudden death at a residence in Cambridge, New Zealand, on Monday evening, and that Podmore’s death has been reported to the coroner.
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