New Zealand Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore dies at 24
- 24-year-old Olivia Podmore suffered a sudden death on Monday
- Police are collaborating with the coroner to identify the cause of death
- Olivia represented New Zealand in the Rio Olympics
Olivia Podmore, former Olympic cyclist from New Zealand, died at the age of 24 on Monday, the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) confirmed to Reuters.
According to a New Zealand police spokesperson, the police were on call for a sudden death at a property in Waikato on New Zealand’s upper North Island at about 4 pm local time. The deceased was identified as Podmore.
“Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner,” the police spokesperson was reported saying.
The 24-year-old Podmore represented New Zealand in the 2016 Olympics held at Rio De Janeiro in Brazil as well as the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was not part of New Zealand’s contingent at the Tokyo Olympics that concluded recently.
Olivia Podmore’s brother Mitchell put out a Facebook post saying, “Rest in peace my gorgeous sister and beloved daughter of Phil Podmore. You will be in our hearts forever.”
The New Zealand Olympic Committee said that news of Podmore’s death has reached the country’s cycling team which is preparing to return home.
“We are providing wellbeing support for members of her team and the wider team as we return home from Tokyo,” NZOC said in a statement.
The death of the young cyclist has come as a shock to New Zealand’s sporting community. Shortly before her death on Monday, Podmore had reportedly posted on Instagram talking about the pressures of competing at the highest level of her sport.
“Sport is an amazing outlet for so many people, it’s a struggle, it’s a fight but it’s so joyous,” Podmore wrote before deleting the post, according to Yahoo News.
Cyclists from all over the country have mourned the loss of the young Olympian. “Cycling New Zealand, our riders and staff, are deeply saddened with the loss of one of our young cyclists. Olivia was a much loved and respected rider in our Cycling New Zealand squad,” Podmore’s squad said in a statement.