Olivia Podmore Death: Tributes Pour In For 24-Year-Old Olympian Cyclist Who Was Found Dead After An Instagram Post

A New Zealand track cyclist, Olivia Podmore,  was found dead in her room on Monday evening hours after making a concerning Instagram post. She died aged 24.

Olivia, from Canterbury, has won medals in notable competitions. She won a silver medal in the team sprint and bronze in the time trial at the Junior World Champs in Astana in 2015. She became the national keirin champion in New Zealand in 2017.

Olivia represented New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s sprint event and competed in the world championships last year, 2020.

Unfortunately, Olivia was not selected for the Tokyo Olympics games which might have necessitated her concerning Instagram post. The post reads:

“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 Podmore (GETTY IMAGES)

Tributes For Olivia Podmore, “Respected Rider”

Tributes have started pouring in for Olivia Podmore. Olivia’s family in a tribute said she was “gorgeous” and “loved”. Cycling New Zealand describes her as a “much-loved and respected rider”

Cycling New Zealand:

“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”.

Anna Meares, Aussie cycling legend:

“My heart breaks for the loss of a young life. Sorry you were in pain. #[email protected]#NZcycling#Olympian

“Please reach out if you feel alone, are hurting, feel lost or helpless.”

Olivia’s brother, Mitchell Podmore:

“Rest in peace to my gorgeous sister and loved daughter of Phil Podmore.

“You will be in our hearts forever.”

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