New Zealand's Women's Rugby Sevens Team Performs Traditional Haka at Gold Medal Ceremony
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The women of New Zealand's rugby sevens team looked to their country's cultural history to celebrate their big win on Saturday.
At their Tokyo Olympics medal ceremony, Team New Zealand performed a traditional haka dance in unison. The haka is a ceremonial dance with roots in the Maori history of New Zealand, and the bellowing roars and powerful moves are traditionally used to display strength and unity.
Wearing their black team sweatsuits, the athletes put down their medals and flowers in order to do the haka at the Tokyo Stadium.
To win the gold, New Zealand beat France 26-12. The bronze medal went to Fiji.
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After defeating France in the GOLD medal match of the #TokyoOlympics 7s tournament, New Zealand women's rugby players performed a traditional haka. pic.twitter.com/M0BcH0x6bn
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021
Speaking to reporters about the win, New Zealand's co-captain Sarah Hirini said, "Yeah, we've got titles and we've won things, but I want our group to be good people and show the world that you can be a good, genuine person and still have success."
Hirini continued, "Our program allowed that. Things like this happen because you're able to be who you are."
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In the men's rugby sevens competition, New Zealand won the silver medal, while Fiji took gold. Argentina won the bronze.
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