New Zealand Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore has died aged 24, Cycling New Zealand has reported.
Podmore competed in the Rio 2016 Games, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and was her country’s keirin champion in 2017.
“We at Cycling New Zealand are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our young cyclist Olivia Podmore,” read a CNZ article on social media.
“Olivia was a highly regarded and respected rider by our Cycling New Zealand team and the wider cycling community.”
The post added: “A lot of people are understandably devastated and are trying so hard to figure out what happened. We have been and will continue to provide support to our staff and riders, the cycling community and those who are involved. were close to Olivia. “
Tributes poured in on social media, including one from British cyclist Callum Skinner.
“Our sport, our movement lost another before its time. Rest in peace Olivia Podmore,” he wrote on Twitter.
Cyclist Lizzy Banks added: “Yesterday’s news of Olivia Podmore’s passing is truly devastating. I want to share to raise awareness of the struggles so many face.
“A reminder to register, to ask how it’s going and above all to be kind. My heart goes out to your loved ones. A very sad day for cycling.”
UCI Track Cycling said: “Words cannot express how saddened we are to learn of the sudden passing of Rio 2016 Olympian Olivia Podmore.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends and @CyclingNZL. RIP.”
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