Though he is one of only three New Zealanders with at least three Olympic golds tucked away in his medals drawer at home, kayaker Paul MacDonald has been strangely undervalued in his own country.

MacDonald was overshadowed in public awareness by his team-mate and great friend, Ian Ferguson, which may explain why New Zealanders tend to underestimate his accomplishments. Yet he won as many Olympic gold medals as Peter Snell and was a New Zealand sports great.

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