Australia's cycling community is in mourning today upon hearing of the death of Olympic gold medalist Stephen Wooldridge's death, aged 39.
Wooldridge won Olympic gold in 2004 at the Athens games as part of Australia’s team pursuit.
The decorated cyclist also claimed four world titles in the same event throughout his illustrious career in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Cycling NSW have released a statement declaring it was "deeply saddened" to learn of the death Wooldridge.
“Stephen was an inspirational figure in track cycling, particularly in his home state of NSW,” the statement said.
“He was an outstanding team pursuiter, being a four time world champion in the discipline along with being the 2002 Commonwealth Games champion. Perhaps his greatest feat, occurring at the 2004 Athens Olympics where with his team mates Dawson, Lancaster, Brown, McGee and Roberts, he took gold for Australia.
“Stephen was inducted into the NSW Sports Hall of Fame in 2015; an honour he was delighted to receive both personally and for the sport of cycling.
“Stephen went onto pursue a career in the tertiary education sector primarily with the University of NSW, where he was a prominent administrator. This extended to his various roles with Cycling Australia and Oceania Cycling Confederation Boards and Committees.
“Cycling NSW’s thoughts are with Stephen’s family and his friends during this difficult time.”
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