Great Britain men's attacking approach at London 2012 has every chance of bringing them gold but could also end in glorious failure, coach Jason Lee has admitted.
Lee felt he had to introduce a more ambitious style a few years ago in order to enable Britain to regularly contend for medals, an approach which potentially leaves them vulnerable to more defeats.
But there will be no half-measures from the players as they have dispensed with the traditional caution-first approach to give themselves the best chance of winning Olympic gold.
And Lee, whose side finished fifth in Beijing, is in no doubt that is a distinct possibility.
"Our ambition, from seven years ago, was to make sure we went to win this tournament because we had the capacity to do it," he said.
"Sometimes it is unwise to target things which are too big a stretch because you can fall off the edge of a cliff.
"It is bit of a stretch still but we are here to win it - and realistically so.
"We are different from four years ago in that we play a style of hockey that can compete and beat the best, although there is much more risk in that.
"If we don't do it well we can also lose games, whereas four years ago we wouldn't lose those games.
"Four years ago we were targeting our best performance without being too disastrous if it was poor, whereas this time we are risking it all for the big prize.
"It won't definitely win us the tournament but it will get us damn close."
Lee admits the players have had to make a greater leap mentally than physically in order to follow his blueprint.
They have shown it can work as England, for whom 12 squad members won European Championship gold in 2009, but as the pressure increases he knows it will become more difficult to trust in those principles.
"Generically it isn't the British way of thinking to go out and be flamboyant and more attack-orientated," Lee added.
"We had a practice game the other day and there was a little bit of fear from injury and people took a step back and you saw what is inherently us sometimes which is: 'Make sure it doesn't go too bad'.
"But we've drilled and dreamed of winning things and we have talked about these being the tactics and techniques which are winning mentality things.
"We know what the kind of things are which derail us and our success will be dictated by how much we believe in that winning mentality."
Lee explained some of the aspects which had to change in order for the transformation to take place.
"A more aggressive approach to try to win the game - rather than making sure the opposition doesn't score - changes the way you mark, the way you pass and the way you lead and the way you consider running," he said.
"How hard would you run if your son was about to be knocked down by a bus compared to if it was his teddy bear you were not that bothered about?
"We are running to save someone from a bus because that is actually us winning the game.
"If we don't quite get there in time something goes 'squash'.
"I think that is how it might be for us: it might be glorious or it might be a hit-and-run."