I won’t tell you if they did get the gold and survived, or died trying. While the ending was noble and touching, I like that it also had humor in it.
Given that the opposing team was getting the favorable end of the referee’s decision, he shouldn’t have involved his boys. What he forgot was that these are young, impressionable boys whose characters he is supposed to build as athletes.
I always refer to the silver medal as “the other gold”, if only because only one team can be declared a winner.