Olivia Podmore Biography – Olivia Podmore Wiki
Olivia Podmore (full name Olivia Rose Podmore) was a New Zealand professional racing cyclist. She represented New Zealand at Rio 2016 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in cycling track events, including the team sprint, the keirin and the individual sprint.
Olivia became a top competitor in her sport at a young age. In 2015, she won the silver medal in the team sprint and the bronze medal in the time trial at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Kazakhstan.
She went on to compete at the 2016 Rio Games in the sprint, team sprint and keirin events. She placed 23rd and ninth in the first two events and suffered a crash in the third. In 2017, Olivia was the national keirin champion. She also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but did not compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Olivia Podmore Age
Olivia Rose Podmore was born on 24 May 1997, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She died on 9 August 2021, in Cambridge, New Zealand. She was 24.
Olivia Podmore Parents
Olivia Podmore’s parents are Phil and Nienke Podmore.
Olivia Podmore Family
Olivia Podmore was the daughter of Philip and Nienke (née Tabak) Podmore. She had one elder brother, Mitchell Podmore. She was the granddaughter of the late Stan and Ena Podmore, and Oma and Opa Tavak.
Olivia Podmore Death
Cyclist Olivia Podmore passed away on 9 August 2021, at the age of 24. A New Zealand police spokesperson said in a statement: “Police attended a sudden death at a Cambridge property on Monday evening. Police are making inquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the Coroner. The Coroner will release their findings in due course.”
Cycling New Zealand said in a statement: “We at Cycling New Zealand are deeply saddened with the sudden loss of our young cyclist Olivia Podmore. Olivia was a much loved and respected rider in our Cycling New Zealand squad and the wider cycling community.
“Many people are understandably devastated and trying so hard to comprehend what has happened. We have been and will continue to provide support to our staff and riders, the cycling community and those that were close to Olivia…Be kind to each other and take care of each other.”
The New Zealand Olympic Committee also shared a tribute to Podmore, saying: “The New Zealand Olympic Committee is deeply saddened by the loss of Olympian #1333 and Cyclist Olivia Podmore. 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.”
Olivia’s brother, Mitchell Podmore, also confirmed the news on Facebook. “Rest in peace to my gorgeous sister and loved daughter of Phil Podmore. You will be in our hearts forever.”
Podmore’s New Zealand team-mate and double Olympian Natasha Hansen said in a Facebook post: “We have been through many ups and downs together and shared in so many highs and lows.
“The last couple of years have been so great to reconnect on a deeper level but I am devastated that this has come to such a sudden end. I cannot fathom the pain your family and closest friends must be feeling right now, but I hope they are comforted by the fact that you are loved by so many and have touched so many hearts. They are in all our thoughts and prayers. Your beauty will be forever remembered… Rest peacefully gorgeous girl.”
Olivia Podmore Cause of Death
Olivia Podmore’s cause of death was not revealed.
Olivia Podmore Instagram Post
Podmore had written about the challenges of life as an elite athlete in an Instagram post earlier on Monday that was later deleted, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“Sport is an amazing outlet for so many people, it’s a struggle, it’s a fight but it’s so joyous,” she had written on the social media platform, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“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 [as] owning a house, marriage, kids, all because [you’re] trying to give everything to your sport, is also unlike any other.”
She was 5 feet 9 inches (174 cm) tall.
Olivia Podmore Instagram
Olivia Podmore’s Instagram handle is @liv_podmore.
Olivia Podmore Suicide
Did Olivia Podmore die by suicide? It is unclear how the cyclist died. The Olympic Committee’s statement made reference to mental health resources for its athletes that included how to contact psychologists and counseling services. Cycling New Zealand also shared contact details of Lifeline, a suicide prevention charity.
If people are struggling, please reach out to someone you trust and talk to them. Support is available by texting 1737 in New Zealand and for free confidential 24/7 support, contact Lifeline at 0800 543 354 or text 4357.
Athletes and other New Zealand Team members can access support via the New Zealand Olympic Team psychology team (contact Kylie.Wilson@hpsnz.org.nz, +64 27 5998990), the Health team (email@example.com), or via sport/NSO psychology and health providers.
Counselling is available by calling or texting 1737 in New Zealand, and for free confidential 24/7 support, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text 4357.