- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 13 September 2022, 9:57AM
Two-time Olympic champion Dame Valerie Adams is set to grace the big screen.
The shot putter - who claimed back-to-back gold medals at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, and also won silver at the 2016 Rio Games and bronze in Tokyo last year - has released the first official trailer for her upcoming documentary, More Than Gold.
Directed by Briar March, More Than Gold is the candid and inspirational story of Adams. It is a story of a mother, a daughter, a sister and a survivor.
"I want people to laugh, I want people to cry, I want people to be with me in the serious moments but then I want people to celebrate. I’ve told my story, my own way," Adams says about the film.
Competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games required all the shot putter's determination and
At 36, following two major surgeries and the birth of her children, she was considered an
"older" athlete. Struggling to balance her role as a mum with her job as an elite sportsperson, she was forced to navigate emotions every mother will identify with.
Aside from her Olympic success, she is also a four-time world champion, four-time indoor world champion and three-time Commonwealth Games champion.
She was named the supreme award winner at the Halberg Awards for three consecutive years from 2007 and won the Sportswoman of the Year accolade seven times.
At her fifth Olympics in Tokyo last year, Adams carried the flag for New Zealand at the closing ceremony, a moment she said meant a lot to her and her family.
Adams was named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the 2017 New Years Honours.
More Than Gold will be released in cinemas nationwide on October 20, 2022.
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