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August 12, 2004
India is the most successful nation in men's Olympic field hockey history, having won eight gold medals, one silver and two bronze.
The country was dominant between 1928 to 1956, when they won six consecutive gold medals. The seventh came in 1964 and the last one in 1980. After that it has been a dismal showing at the Games, with the team finishing seventh in the last Olympics at Sydney in 2000.
Germany's Gerhard Rach is assigned the task of helping India regain lost glory.
"Like Brazil in soccer, India's place is at number one in hockey," Rach says.
Do you think our hockey team will win a medal at the Athens Games? Or will it be another heartbreaking performance?