Olympic cyclist, Olivia Podmore, 24, dies hours after making disturbing post on Instagram

Olympic cyclist, Olivia Podmore, 24, dies hours after making disturbing post on Instagram



Olympic cyclist, Olivia Podmore has died at the age of 24.


The New Zealand rider, who represented her country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, passed away suddenly just hours after posting a message on her Instagram page, where she spoke about the "struggle" of elite sport.


Podmore was not picked to ride in Tokyo but did compete at the world championships last year and represented New Zealand in the women's sprint event in Rio.


In the since-deleted Instagram post, Podmore 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 [you're] 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 heartbroken 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.”







Australian cycling legend Anna Meares was among those to pay tribute to Podmore.


Latest Post
Tags