Valerie Adams - winner of Silver, promoted to Gold, in the Women's Shot Put London 2012

Valerie Adams, New Zealand shot putter, of English and Tongan extraction, 1 of 18 children of 5 mothers, all siblings are exceptionally tall

New Zealand kayakers Erin Taylor and Lisa Carrington in the Final of the Kayak Double K2 500m Women Canoe Sprint. Photo / Brett Phibbs

New Zealand kayakers Erin Taylor and Lisa Carrington in the Final of the Kayak Double Women Canoe Sprint.

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington World Champ K1 200m and Olympic Champion London 2012

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington World Champ and Olympic Champion London 2012

New Zealand's Kurt Pickard, No 154, during his Olympic Games cycling BMX quarterfinals at the Olympic Park BMX track. Photo / Mark Mitchell

New Zealand's Kurt Pickard, No during his Olympic Games cycling BMX quarterfinals at the Olympic Park BMX track.

New Zealand Luuka Jones in action during her 2nd run in the Heats of the Canoe Slalom, Kayak Single ( K1 ) Women. Photo / Brett Phibbs.

New Zealand Luuka Jones in action during her run in the Heats of the Canoe Slalom, Kayak Single ( ) Women.

New Zealand Olympians

New Zealand's Jo Aleh, left, and Olivia Powrie jubilant after receiving their gold medal in the Women's 470 class yachting. New Zealand Herald/Mark Mitchell

New Zealand's Marc Willers, No 7, during his Olympic Games cycling BMX quarterfinals at the Olympic Park BMX track. Photo / Mark Mitchell

New Zealand's Marc Willers, No during his Olympic Games cycling BMX quarterfinals at the Olympic Park BMX track.

The New Zealand silver fern with Olympic logo

The New Zealand silver fern with Olympic logo

London 2012 | Lisa Carrington

Lisa Carrington of New Zealand celebrates gold. Lisa Carrington celebrates with the New Zealand flag after winning the gold medal in the women's Kayak Single Sprint final on Day (aug

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