Former New Zealand Olympic cyclist, Olivia Podmore, has died at the age of 24, the New Zealand Olympics Committee (NZOC) confirmed.
- Olivia Podmore died at a property in Cambridge on Monday evening
- Podmore represented New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympics
- Anna Meares was one of many cyclists who paid tribute on social media
Ms Podmore represented her country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Commonwealth Games but was not part of the team that participated in the just-completed Tokyo Olympics.
A New Zealand police spokesman said police attended a sudden death at a property in Waikato on New Zealand’s North Island on Monday.
“Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner,” the spokesman said.
Ms Podmore’s brother Mitchell wrote in a Facebook post: “Rest in peace to my gorgeous sister and loved daughter of Phil Podmore. You will be in our hearts forever.”
The NZOC said news of Ms Podmore’s death had reached the New Zealand cycling team in Tokyo, 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.
“We offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and others in the NZ community who are grieving this loss.
“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.”
Ms Podmore, the New Zealand national keirin champion in 2017, competed in the sprint, keirin and team sprint events at both the Rio Olympics and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Australian track cycling legend Anna Meares tweeted her condolences.
“My heart breaks for the lose (sic) of a young life,” she wrote.
“Please reach out if you feel alone, are hurting, feel lost or helpless.”