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Life after America's Cup glory

Updated 1245 GMT (2045 HKT) November 8, 2017
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Simon van Velthooven and Joe Sullivan were cyclists on board Team New Zealand's revolutionary boat, turning the winches with their pedal power, as the Kiwis trounced Oracle Team USA 7-1 to win the America's Cup in Bermuda on June. Richard Hoddder/Richard Hodder / Emirates Team New Zealand
Following the parades and parties they have gone back to their respective day jobs, Sullivan (front) as a firefighter and van Velthooven (behind) as a student. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Van Velthooven, formerly an Olympic cyclist, admitted he was blown away by the reaction on his return to New Zealand in the aftermath of the win. Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Sullivan was surprised by the number of people who gathered for the Auckland parade, more than met the famous All Blacks rugby team after their World Cup triumph. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
A week after returning to his work as a firefighter, Sullivan was tackling a big blaze at a hotel in Auckland. Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
It is a far cry from his past life where (second from left) he won Olympic gold in rowing in 2012. Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Van Velthooven is no stranger to track success, winning medals at both Olympic and World Championship level but has no plans, aged 28, to go back to the sport. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Sullivan lifts the America's Cup in New Zealand, ticking off what he describes as one of the dreams of every five-year-old in New Zealand. Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team New Zealand
The celebration was just as sweet for van Velthooven, whose life took a sharp turn when Team New Zealand came looking for a cycling specialist to help with its innovative leg-powered winch grinders. Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team New Zealand