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Great Britain’s dramatic gold medal in the hockey marked the first Olympic title for the women’s team. It was also significant for boasting the first same-sex married couple to win a gold.
Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh married in 2013, the same year as same-sex marriages were legalised in the UK.
The pair were instrumental in the victory, brought about after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.
Kate, the team captain, is considered Team GB’s driving force. Helen withstood a chorus of boos from a mostly Netherlands-supporting crowd to score the decisive penalty.
“It’s pretty special. To win one of these is special. But to share it with someone like Kate is truly amazing.”
“It’s very special. Just to see Helen come back from double back surgery, maybe never play hockey again, the strength and resilience she has shown has resonated throughout the squad.”