Rio Olympics 2016: Maddie Hinch for Prime Minister? Reaction to GB's hockey win

GB celebrate winning hockey gold
GB celebrated their famous win with a selfie after defeating the Netherlands in the final

They've been labelled incredible, lauded as inspirations and even touted as future leaders of countries.

A historic Olympic hockey gold for Great Britain's women caught the imagination of millions as they came through a tense final to beat Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shootout.

For a while on Friday night, they were the number one trend on Twitter as people went on social media to give their reaction to their victory. This is what some of them had to say:

'Everyone will be inspired by GB hockey'

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford was one of the many Team GB athletes who congratulated their team-mates
Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes, a double gold medallist at the 2004 Olympics, had special praise for Hinch
Justin Rose
From one British Olympic gold medallist to a team of gold medallists. Golfer Justin Rose praised the hockey team
Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward, who coached England to Rugby World Cup victory in 2003, feels this is a big moment for British hockey
Dame Sarah Storey
Eleven-time Paralympics gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey sends her praise to GB and their captain Kate Richardson-Walsh

A truly momentous occasion

Great Britain Hockey tweet
The BBC News at Ten was delayed until after the final had finished
Stephen Martin tweets about GB's two gold victories
Stephen Martin was part of the GB men's hockey team that won Olympic gold in 1988. He tweeted this picture of the two history-making teams side by side

It's been a long road to victory

GB hockey
Our reporter was there for the moment they made history

Celebrations at home and abroad

A tweet from Beeston Hockey Club
There were similar scenes to this across the United Kingdom as families, friends and hockey fans gathered to watch Great Britain
Celebrations at Giselle Ansley's family home
Bring out the bubbly. Happy scenes in Team GB's Giselle Ansley's family home after victory was confirmed
The Netherlands royal family
Not everyone was happy with the outcome. Dutch King Willem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima and their daughter were at the game

Maddie the GB Hinch-pin

BBC Sport columnist Maddie Hinch was the star of the show as the GB goalkeeper produced a string of fine saves to keep out the Dutch, who did not score a goal in the shootout.

Gary Lineker
As a former England football player and the current Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker has witnessed plenty of penalty heartache over the years, so was understandably delighted at GB's success
Pep Guardiola
Hinch's superb performance in goal led to a whole host of memes being produced, including this one...
Michael Vaughan
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan went big on his prediction for Hinch's future
Water bottle
Words of inspiration written on Maddie Hinch's water bottle
A tweet by England cricketer Stuart Broad
England cricketer Stuart Broad knows exactly what it is like to try, and fail, to score past Hinch
Neville Southall
Former Wales and Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall was certainly impressed
Maddie Hinch
It might be a little awkward for Maddie Hinch when she returns home, however. She signed for SCHC in June. They are a Dutch club...

Inspiring generations (old and new)

As the game unfolded, viewers on television became inspired to pick up a hockey stick...

Get Inspired twitter
Get Inspired twitter
Get Inspired twitter
Get Inspired twitter

Top Stories