When it comes to considering their futures, New Zealand's Olympic rowers will be urged to stay on in top-level competition.
Rowing was the most profitable sport of a successful London Games for New Zealand, gaining five of the 13 medals collected.
It also accounted for three of the five golds, courtesy of double scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan, the men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, and single sculler Mahe Drysdale.
Cohen, Bond, Murray and Drysdale were all survivors from the 2008 Beijing campaign, when expectations weren't quite fulfilled despite one gold and two bronzes.
There were also high hopes going in this time around, after New Zealand plundered seven medals, four of them gold, in Olympic-class events at last year's world championships.
"We thought if we could achieve that again that would be excellent, but the Olympics are another step up again," Rowing NZ high performance manager Alan Cotter said.
"We've done pretty well to get five medals, and certainly three golds is quite an achievement."
Cotter points to keeping athletes in the sport after Beijing as a key reason for the success at the Eton Dorney course west of London.
He cites the likes of Bond and Murray, who were seventh as part of the men's four in 2008, and Drysdale, who had settle for bronze after battling illness.
"We want to keep the athletes in as long as possible with the help of High Performance Sport NZ, but it's also a programme that's been built over a number of years," he said.
"Our under-23s, a couple of weeks ago, won five medals at their world championships, so we've got a good stepping stone coming through."
Rowing's haul over the past fortnight lifted it to equal first with athletics on the New Zealand all-time Olympic medal list with 21.
Both have also won the most golds with nine.
Cotter is particularly pleased that Drysdale was able to get the Olympic crown to go with his five world titles, given his status as a leader in the programme and after the stomach complaint that stymied his chances in Beijing.
He praised the commitment and dedication of Cohen and Sullivan to get things right after their slow start to the European season.
As for Bond and Murray, invincible since teaming up in 2009 and who smashed the world-best time by almost six seconds in clocking 6min 08.50sec in their heat, "to finish it off unbeaten for four years has been special".
Cotter added: "I hope those guys carry on."