Ex-Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore, 24, dies suddenly hours after worrying Instagram message on ‘struggle’ of competition

OLYMPIC cyclist Olivia Podmore has died aged 24, with her family paying tribute. 

The New Zealand biker passed away on Monday after posting a worrying message on social media. 


The Olympian represented her country at the Rio competition in 2016[/caption]


She passed away on Monday after posting a cryptic message on Instagram[/caption]

Olivia, from Canterbury, represented New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s sprint event. 

 She also won silver in the team sprint and bronze in the time trial at the Junior World Champs in Astana in 2015, as well as becoming the 2017 national keirin champion. 

In a since deleted Instagram post, 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 a owning a house, marriage, kids all because [you’re] trying to give everything to your sport is also unlike any other.”

Her family have paid tribute to the tragic Olympian, calling her “gorgeous” and “loved”.

Her brother Mitchell Podmore, posted on social media: “Rest in peace to my gorgeous sister and loved daughter of Phil Podmore. 

“You will be in our hearts forever.”


Aussie cycling legend Anna Meares was among many members of the international cycling community to pay their respects.

She posted on Twitter: “My heart breaks for the loss of a young life. Sorry you were in pain. #RIP@livpodmore#NZcycling#Olympian

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

In a statement on Monday evening, Cycling New Zealand said its riders and staff “are deeply saddened with the loss of one of our young cyclists”.

They added: “Olivia was a much loved and respected rider in our Cycling New Zealand squad.

“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.

“We are providing wellbeing support for members of her team and the wider team as we return home from Tokyo.

“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.”

A police spokeswoman said police attended a sudden death at a Cambridge property early on Monday evening.

She added: “Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner.”

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The cyclist’s family have paid tribute to her[/caption]


her brother described her as “gorgeous” and “loved”[/caption]


Police in New Zealands are looking into her sudden death[/caption] Link

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