Team GB's Hockey Goalie Maddie Hinch for Prime Minister?

Eight out of eight wins and an Olympic Gold. We think so.

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Maddie Hinch is what goalie dreams are made of. 

At the Rio Games, her first Olympics, the 27-year-old from Somerset saved four penalties in the final against The Netherlands, helping her team secure hockey history by becoming the first British women to win Gold. 

'Every goalie dreams of being able to play a part in the way that I did.

The tough times that come with the keeping, when you literally stand there in the cold or you get the ball out of the net and that's the only contribution you make to the game, they're all worth it when you get to literally save your team and play a huge part.'  

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Now she's making the most of her hero's return, sharing the couch on Jonathan Ross with Renee Zellweger and John Malkovich and signing hockey sticks for fans. 

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Next she's going to Holland to play club hockey (that won't be awkward or anything).

But before she left she spoke exclusively to ELLE about partying on flight BA2016, her dramatic goalie style and how set-backs have only made her stronger.

Nothing will top winning Gold at Rio

It doesn't get any better than that. 

We can always do back-to-back gold medals but we will never create the history that we did in the fashion that we did it. 

Getting 8 from 8 and the draw of the final, it was like a fairytale.

I feel like I'm in the prime of my career  

I can go on now and try and enjoy it even more. 

Fingers crossed no youngster comes and knocks me off.

My skills as a hockey goalie started on the rounders field

When I was 12 I joined a new school in the summer term and started playing rounders. Apparently I was the most dramatic rounders player they'd ever seen. 

I would dive for balls, catch them and then do an army roll. 

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The rounders coach said, 'Maddie, we've got to get you in goal next year.'

So she sent me home with a set of pads. 

I think it was probably because I was just the new girl though. 

No one wants to put on hockey pads when you're a 12 year-old girl

They're smelly, sweaty, you don't get to run around and you walk a bit funny. 

But I think it's the best position on the pitch. 

You've got to be as athletic as the rest of the team, in some ways even more so. 

I let people calling me a tomboy bother me more than I should have

As a kid I was sports mad, always running around the garden, climbing trees and then falling out of them. 

I spent a lot of my time with my little brother chasing toads in the garden or going fishing.  

I struggled to get picked on a county and national level

I was different because I was smaller and a bit more dramatic. 

Other goalies used to just stand there or were quite a lot bigger than me. 

But now the game has become a lot faster and so as a keeper if you don't want to move, you're not going to make it.

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I wouldn't be the standard I am now, if I hadn't suffered knock downs

It made me more determined. 

I've had to train a lot harder because it hasn't just been given to me. 

When I talk to kids at school I tell them it's pretty normal to suffer setbacks and you've got to look at them as a chance to get stronger, find the benefits in them.

Goal keeper is the most mentally challenging position on the pitch

It's because of the individuality. 

A shoot out is just mind games. If I move on the line or bang the goal posts I'm just messing around with the players. 

When people are nervous they'll take in everything, so they'll see me moving or hear me banging. 

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The best thing they can do is ignore me. 

I'm definitely one of the more animated sportswomen 

You can tell everything I'm thinking on the pitch. You can tell when I'm angry or down.

In the past people have judged me for that but now we're very accepting as a team.

We know everyone is different and that's good. 

I hit a 135kg squat and ran 5m in under a second before Rio

It's the best shape I've been in. As a keeper you've got to be your best throughout the game. 

There's no time for fatigue. 

Sport creates friendships you don't find anywhere else

I'm a massive team player. I would never see myself in an individual sport because I'd find it too lonely. 

You make friends for life through team sports: you've all got the same interests in terms of what you want out of sport, you're all there together and you can all lean on each other when things get tough.

Being a keeper has a certain image to it

On nights out, people ask me what I do and I tell them I'm a hockey player. 

When they ask which position I say '…Forward' because I know as soon as I say goalie there is a stereotypical image in their heads.

I'll always put a little bit of make up on when I play

We all do before big matches. We're like 'look good, play good.' 

But we don't do it to impress anyone, it's part of our routine: you shower, make yourself look great,  feel good and play the best you can. 

We chose Economy over Business Class on the BA2016 flight home

Because we won Gold we could sit in Business Class but there were only 16 seats and 19 of us. 

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We didn't make it that far to then split up so we all went to sit in Economy and showed the rest of the plane, including the Brownlee brothers, how to party. 

We drank lots of free champagne, then our meal came and we passed out!  

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My mum hates my nickname 'Mad Dog'

She's like 'Where has that come from?' I think it's because my personality is a bit nuts and I'm a bit crazy on the pitch.

Mad Dog for Prime Minister? 

She's got our vote. 

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