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In the Montreal summer of 1976, a band of tenacious Kiwis triumphs against all odds to be crowned Olympic champions.Striking Gold weaves together each man’s story with the team’s epic quest, rising to a dramatic and heroic final that lives on todayMoreIn the Montreal summer of 1976, a band of tenacious Kiwis triumphs against all odds to be crowned Olympic champions.Striking Gold weaves together each man’s story with the team’s epic quest, rising to a dramatic and heroic final that lives on today in New Zealand sporting folklore.As the New Zealand men’s hockey team left for the Montreal Olympics in 1976, cynics howled they shouldn’t be going. Off the back of a string of ordinary performances in previous Olympics, the weight of expectation was light.What the doubters didn’t see was a diverse group of men moulded into a formidable team: a boilermaker and a Rhodes Scholar- a watersider and an architect- an upholsterer and an engineer- teachers and students. All united in one goal – to beat the worlds best and win gold.It would mean overcoming a formidable series of challenges and crises. From the threat of a boycott – unintentionally triggered by the All Blacks – which could end their Olympics before they began, to the heroism of goalkeeper Trevor Manning playing on with a shattered kneecap, the agony of two players who were refused gold medals, and the mateship that glued them together.When they returned home they blended back into their daily lives and the remarkable tale of their feat went largely unheralded. But 40 years on, they’ve come together again to relive their success and reveal how winning gold changed their lives.Striking Gold is as much about social history as sport, dramatically telling the inspiring tale of an unlikely bunch of blokes who pulled off New Zealand’s most improbable Olympic gold medal.