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external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT83xmO2-_J9Li43kD-bjIuqwLwDERathaBGQWpLyIav807GdEq Valerie Adams is a famous New Zealand Shot-putter.

When Kiwi shot-put champion Valerie Adams won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she looked skyward in memory of her mother, Lilika, who had died when she was a teenager.

The six-foot-four (1.93m) Rotorua-born Adams was already a Famous New Zealand athlete and ranked second in the world.