Olivia Podmore was a professional cyclist from New Zealand. She competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games for her country.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) acknowledged Olivia Podmore’s death in a statement.
24 May 1997
24 Years Old
Christchurch, New Zealand
He was 24 years old.
She was born on 24 May 1997 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
According to sources, she is not married yet. She had no boyfriend.
Podmore went to Cambridge in 2015 to train with the British cycling team. At the Junior Track World Championships in Astana that year, Podmore took silver in the team sprint and bronze in the time trial.
Podmore raced in the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the women’s team sprint event. She also competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, though she and her teammate Natasha Hansen did not make it through the qualification round in the team sprint.
Her death has been reported to the coroner as a possible suicide. She had commented on Instagram just hours before her death about the difficulties of high-performance sport.
She wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted: “Sport is an amazing outlet for so many people, it’s a struggle, it’s a fight but it’s so joyous.
“The feeling when you win is unlike any other, but the feeling when you lose, when you don’t get selected even when you qualify, when your injured, when you don’t meet society’s expectations such a owning a house, marriage, kids all because [you’re] trying to give everything to your sport is also unlike any other.”
NZOC said in a statement, “We offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and others in the NZ community who are grieving this loss,”
“We are providing wellbeing support for members of her team and the wider team as we return home from Tokyo.”
Thenzteam said in Instagram, “The New Zealand Olympic Committee is deeply saddened by the loss of Olympian #1333 and cyclist Olivia Podmore.”
“We offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and others in the NZ community who are grieving this loss.”
Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of the sudden death of Rio 2016 Olympian, Olivia Podmore.
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