Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins has died aged 32.
Hoskins represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games – where she competed in the team pursuit.
She was also part of the squad that won the 2015 world title at the World Championships in France.
Tragically, it has been announced that Hoskins passed away on December 30.
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In a statement shared by her father, Peter, he said that the family has been left ‘utterly devastated’.
It reads: “Words cannot convey our grief, sadness and the tragic circumstances of Melissa’s passing.
“Myself, Amanda, Jess and families, are utterly devastated and still struggling to process what has happened.
“Not only have we lost a daughter and sister, her children have lost their mum, a freewheeling spirit, a giver with a big heart, patience and zest for life.
“She was the rock of their life and ours and we need to honour her memory so they can grow up knowing who she was, what she stood for and what she gave to everyone whose life she touched.
“The outpouring of sadness and support has overwhelmed us. In her short life Melissa has had so many positive touch points in and around the world.”
The statement adds that Hoskins’ funeral will be held in her hometown of Perth. The family has also asked for privacy as they deal with the grief.
Horrifying details about Hoskins’ death have emerged in recent days.
The Olympic cyclist was allegedly struck by a car outside her family home in Adelaide.
She was reportedly rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a ute.
Devastatingly, the mother-of-two died overnight.
The Guardian alleges that Hoskins’ athlete husband, Rohan Dennis, has been charged concerning her death.
South Australian Police – who did not disclose the name of the victim or the man charged – confirmed that a 32-year-old woman died after a collision on Saturday.
“I can’t really reveal too much about the actual investigation because it is currently before the courts,” South Australian police acting assistant commissioner Rob Papworth said.
Dennis, the two-time cycling time trial world champion, was reportedly bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on March 13, as per News.au.com.
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Many people have come forward to pay tribute to Hoskins.
Australian Olympic cyclist Anna Meares said: “I have a very heavy heart. My thoughts are with their children, family, and fellow friends. This is a very difficult and tragic time. RIP.”
Hoskins’ former team, GreenEDGE, posted on X (formerly known as Twitter): “We are devastated to learn of the passing of former GreenEDGE Cycling rider Melissa Dennis nee Hoskins.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends and the whole cycling community at this deeply saddening time.
“She will never be forgotten.”
The AOC has expressed the utmost sadness at the loss of Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins after the tragic events in Adelaide.
Our condolences go to Melissa’s family, friends and the cycling community at this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/oh8Z8w2qf8
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) December 31, 2023
Another person shared: “Rest in peace Melissa Hoskins.
“May your memory continue to shine so very brightly. Thoughts and condolences to Mel’s family, friends, and former teammates.”