Big welcome planned for returning Olympic heroes

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 6:41AM
New Zealand's medal winners (Getty Images)
New Zealand's medal winners (Getty Images)

Big welcome planned for returning Olympic heroes

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 6:41AM

A big welcome is planned for returning members of New Zealand's Olympic team.

The team's given New Zealand its most successful Olympics ever - bringing home the biggest medal haul, with four golds, nine silvers, and five bronze.

Fans will get their chance to welcome them home when they touch down in Auckland between 5am and 6.30am tomorrow, with a celebration planned at The Cloud on Auckland's Queen's Wharf.

More than 20 medal-winners will be there between 9am and 10 am.

The athletes will be presented on a raised stage, with the Chef de Mission and flagbearers expected to speak.

New Zealand's success in Rio has surprised statisticians who predicted what our medal haul would be.

Massey University business lecturer Dr Michael Naylor said the country outperformed predictions by just over 186 percent - making it a statistical anomaly.

He said his calculations mean New Zealand beat the performance of countries like Jamaica, Great Britain, China, and the United States.

"We're currently the top of the world and we should be very proud of that," Naylor said.

"We can't have the expectations for the games in Tokyo because remember, we used to get six or seven medals. So this is quite staggering."

"Given the athletes who were currently successful, we were predicting about ten. So we beat that by a long way, and it's probably the peak of our performance now."

Dr Naylor said predictions are based on more than just population - taking into account a country's climate, past medal winners, and financial support for athletes.