Medals over wellbeing Damning after Olivia Podmore death

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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Damning After Olivia Podmore Death

Following the tragic death of Olympian Olivia Podmore‚ the New Zealand cycling community has come together to raise awareness of the high-performance system which places medals above human wellbeing. The article goes on to outline how Podmore's lack of a life partner contributed to her eventual demise. It also echoes some of the experiences of the kiwi cyclist. A memorial for the cyclist has been arranged.

Podmore's high-performance system prioritizes medals over wellbeing

In a devastating speech to the media following Olivia Podmore's death‚ Olympic cyclist Kate Podmore highlighted the pressures of high-performance sport. Her concerns echo decades of psychological and sociological research pointing to the extreme pressures athletes are subjected to. However‚ there has been little action to reform the culture and address the root causes of such conditions. A high-performance system that puts medals above athlete wellbeing has become the norm. Increasing salaries and scrutiny of high-performance athletes has led to athletes making difficult decisions to put their own wellbeing first. Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have recently made very difficult decisions to put their own wellbeing first. After Podmore's death‚ Cycling New Zealand apologised for its 'unresolved trauma'. The death of a top athlete prompted a review of the high-performance culture in the country's sport. The review found that the cycling system's culture puts medals ahead of athlete wellbeing‚ and that medals are the priority over wellbeing. While the cycling industry has a long history of putting athlete welfare before medals‚ the scandal has come to light again in a much more recent way. Podmore was a member of the high-performance system at Biking NZ and competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She also won the national keirin title in 2017 and competed in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. A new study shows that the Olympic medal system places medals before wellbeing‚ and this could lead to a higher incidence of suicide among elite athletes. Olivia Podmore's suicide has led to a widespread debate on the value of mental health in high-performance sports. But this new study also suggests that medals are not the only metric determining wellbeing. A report released by the Heron Institute reveals that cycling NZ has not been accountable to athletes‚ and has repeatedly rebuffed claims of sexual harassment. The Heron report also reveals the existence of bullying in the organisation‚ as well as a lack of accountability. Despite this report's findings‚ the Biking NZ administration remained in the dark about Podmore's relationship with Peden.

Podmore's lack of a partner led to her death

The cycling sensation Olivia Podmore died suddenly in Tokyo on March 31‚ 2019. Her death has sparked a debate over whether the cyclist's lack of a partner caused her suicide. Her friends say she was suffering from mental health issues and attempted to seek help at a sports counselling service. She competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Despite her success‚ she failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her friend‚ Olympic rower Eric Murray‚ spent her last days snowboarding in Queenstown. Despite Liv Podmore's untimely death‚ there are many reasons for the situation. Many believe that the lack of a partner led to her suicide. It has also been suggested that a lack of a partner may have contributed to a lack of emotional support. The 'lack of a partner' argument is an attempt to blame the victim of a suicide rather than the cause. Podmore was a double Olympian. She had won silver in the sprint at the 2015 junior world championships and bronze in the time trial at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her first Olympics came in 2008‚ when she won a bronze medal in the women's sprint. In the following year‚ she became the New Zealand Keirin champion and was a finalist at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Her death has sparked a national debate about whether Podmore's lack of a partner led to her untimely death. Cycling NZ has accepted the findings of the inquiry and said it will discuss them with the family and relevant parties. Despite the findings‚ the organisation has also apologized to the Podmore family for the loss. With the support of the public and politicians‚ cycling NZ is now the largest sports organisation in the country. If the cyclist's lack of a partner contributed to her suicide‚ it is likely that a lack of support in the cycling community played a key role. There was also a strong sense of community among the Olympic athletes‚ and the absence of a partner made her life so difficult. In recent weeks‚ Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka have both pulled out of the Olympics and cited mental health issues as factors in their withdrawals. These cases have prompted many to focus on the mental health of elite athletes. Podmore had written a post on Instagram that was replete with messages of support.

Podmore's lack of a partner echoed a few of her experiences

Among the many echoed after Olivia Podmore's death is the lack of a relationship‚ something she spoke about before her death. Her lack of a partner was a key contributing factor to her decision to take her life. She had recently reached out to a support group and was unable to find a partner. Her death prompted a review of her life and death. A close friend of Podmore's told the news conference that he was worried about her mental state and had contacted an athlete support service. While she had not been selected for the Olympics in Tokyo‚ she competed in the world championships last year. A message she posted on Instagram reflected on her struggle as a member of an elite sports team. Podmore's mental health issues have become a broader discussion in sports. Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health problems‚ while Naomi Osaka echoed the mental health taboo in the tennis tournament at Roland Garros. Her family‚ friends‚ and fans want to find out what she was going through before she took her own life. After Olivia Podmore's death‚ Cycling NZ's leadership apologised for a culture of performance at the expense of the health and welfare of cyclists. The company has implemented some of the recommendations from the 2018 inquiry‚ but it says more needs to be done. The cycling team should put its athletes at the centre of all decisions and policies.