"The culmination of four years' hard work"

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There’s been plenty of reflection and reminiscing about the golden haul in Rio and with parades, parties and receptions all going on this week, once again the Olympic fever has swept the nation. A number of the Great Britain women who won the gold medal in hockey appeared on a special edition of the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to talk through that magic night in Rio.

An emotional Hollie Webb described how the gold medal was the “culmination of four years hard work” and spoke about how she got to the point that she could coolly slot home in the shootout to win the gold for Danny Kerry’s side:

“There’s a group of ten of us who practice them at Bisham. We’re very lucky we have a squad of 31 who train full time and we have some of the best goalkeepers in the world, so we get to practice with them day in day out. When i stepped up i knew what i was going to do already. I’d planned it the night before having watched the video of the duthc keeper from the semi final. I really wasn’t nervous as i was in the moment and i’d done it so many times before it was just about executing those skills and blocking out the occasion and the situation.”

Sophie Bray paid homage to goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, describing her as “one of the best in the world” whilst Kate Richardson-Walsh talked about the tough times the squad had been through to reach the pinnacle of their sport.

The whole show is worth a watch but if you want to skip to the hockey, which includes that famous shootout, head to 23 minutes and enjoy! Click here to watch.