1 month ago - Wednesday 8/11/21 - 4:12:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
New Zealander Olivia Podmore who competed in the 2016 Olympics, but was not selected for this year's event was found dead hours after creating an instagram post describing the pressure of life as an elite athlete.
Podmore was not selected to ride in Tokyo but did compete at the world championships last year and represented New Zealand in the women's sprint event in Rio.
Podmore wrote: "Sport is an amazing outlet for so many people, it’s a struggle, it’s a fight but it’s so joyous.
“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 a owning a house, marriage, kids all because [you’re] trying to give everything to your sport is also unlike any other.”
Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner.