Olivia Podmore Bio, Wiki
Olivia Podmore was a New Zealand professional racing cyclist. She represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Podmore died in Cambridge on 9 August 2021, aged 24. Her death is a suspected suicide and has been referred to the coroner. Hours before her death, she had posted on Instagram about the demands of high-performance sport.
Olivia Podmore Career
Podmore moved to Cambridge to train with the national cycling team in 2015. In the same year, Podmore won silver in the team sprint and bronze in the time trial at the Junior Track World Championships in Astana.
Podmore rode in the women’s team sprint event at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, She also competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, although she and her team-mate Natasha Hansen did not advance from the qualification round in the team sprint. She crashed out of the keirin event at the Games. She also came 23rd in the heats of the individual sprint event at the Games.
She competed for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Podmore reached the qualification criteria for the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics but was not selected by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee statement
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has said it is deeply saddened by the sudden death of 24-year-old track cyclist Olivia Podmore and has begun to offer support to other athletes and staff on the New Zealand Olympic Team.
According to the Reuters news agency, a New Zealand police spokesman said police attended a sudden death at a property in Waikato on New Zealand’s upper North Island on Monday afternoon.
Podmore’s cause of death was not confirmed by police but friends and sports officials said her passing had raised concerns about her mental health.
“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,” the New Zealand Olympic Committee said in a statement.
“Olivia represented New Zealand with honour and pride at both the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was a valued team member and her loss will be felt across the New Zealand Sporting Community.”
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