Olivia Podmore, a New Zealand track cyclist has died aged 24.
Olivia’s death comes after she made a concerning post on Instagram. In the Instagram post that has since been deleted, she wrote:
“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 as owning a house, marriage, kids all because [you’re] trying to give everything to your sport is also unlike any other.”
Olivia died just hours after an Instagram post in which she explained the struggles of competing at an elite level. She became the New Zealand keirin champion in 2017 and rode in the women’s team sprint event in Rio but was unfortunately not selected to race in Tokyo. She also competed at last year’s world championships.
Cycling New Zealand has since released a statement to mourn with family, friends and fans of Olivia.
“Olivia was a much loved and respected rider in our Cycling New Zealand squad,” the statement read.
“At this time we are providing support to our staff and riders, the cycling community and those that were close to Olivia.
“Cycling New Zealand extend our deepest sympathies to Olivia’s family at this time and we ask that the media respect the privacy of Olivia’s family, friends and our riders.
“We offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and others in the NZ community who are grieving this loss”.