Former New Zealand Olympian Olivia Podmore passed away at the age of 24, confirmed this Monday the New Zealand Olympic Committee on its official website.
“The New Zealand Olympic Committee is deeply saddened by the death of the Olympian […] and cyclist Olivia Podmore. We offer our condolences to family, friends and others in the New Zealand community who are suffering this loss, “reads the entity’s statement.” She was a valued member of the team and her loss will be felt throughout the sporting community. from New Zealand, “he adds.
A spokesman for the local Police, quoted by ABC, reported that on Monday security agents responded to a notice about a sudden death at a property in the city of Cambridge (Waikato district). The victim was later identified as Olivia Podmore.
Podmore’s cause of death is not yet confirmed. Nevertheless, a friend of yours, quoted by Yahoo, expressed mental health concerns of the athlete in the last period of her life. The News.com portal drew attention about an Instagram post, posted that Monday by Podmore and later deleted, describing the pressures of competing at the highest level.
“Sport is an incredible opportunity for many people, it is a struggle, […] but it’s very joyful, “he wrote.” The feeling when you win is different from any other, but the feeling when you lose, when you are not selected even when you qualify, when you are injured, when you do not meet the expectations of society, like having a house, a marriage, children, all because [estás] trying to give everything for your sport, it is also different from any other, “the ex-cyclist lamented.
Podmore competed in sprinting, team sprinting, and keirin (a form of track cycling) at the Olympics. Rio 2016 and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which were held in the Gold Coast, Australia. Also, in 2017 she was crowned the national keirin champion.