Tokyo Olympics: who is New Zealand’s greatest Olympian?
LEE JIN-MAN / ASSOCIATE PRESS
Lisa Carrington cemented her name in New Zealand’s Olympic history.
MISSION: In living rooms and workplaces almost everywhere right now, people are giving their two cents on who they think is New Zealand’s greatest Olympian.
The answer is obvious, right? It must be Lisa Carrington after her golden run at the Tokyo Games and a career of gold medals for fun.
Or is it Hamish Bond, the great rower?
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But not so fast. What about Dame Valerie Adams? A true champion whose impact has extended far beyond the world of shot put.
Let us not forget the athletes of the past, who have inspired the current generation of New Zealand winners. Three-time middle distance gold medalist Sir Peter Snell and kayaker Ian Ferguson, who won four, come to mind.
So let’s settle the debate.
Who do you think is New Zealand’s greatest Olympian and why?
What separates their accomplishments from others?
What memories do you have of seeing them compete?
How did they inspire you in sports, or elsewhere in life?
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