Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore dead at 24, shortly after Instagram post detailing mental health 'struggle'

Podmore, who represented her country in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and 2018 Commonwealth Games, was reported dead on Monday by multiple outlets. Cycling New Zealand confirmed the news of her passing the following day on social media. 

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“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,” the group said in a statement posted on Facebook. “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.”

Olivia Podmore celebrates a win in the first race for the Elite Women's Sprint Final during day two of the New Zealand National Track Cycling Championships at the Avantidrome on January 24, 2020 in Cambridge, New Zealand. (Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

Olivia Podmore celebrates a win in the first race for the Elite Women’s Sprint Final during day two of the New Zealand National Track Cycling Championships at the Avantidrome on January 24, 2020 in Cambridge, New Zealand. (Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

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