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Steve Redgrave

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Multiple Olympic and World Champion

Awarded a Knighthood in 2001

Won Gold in 5 consecutive Olympic Games (1984-2000)

Sir Steve Redgrave is among the most successful rowers in history. The Sydney Olympics in 2000 marked the end of a long and extraordinary career in which he won an unprecedented five Gold Medals in consecutive Olympic games.

His first gold medal was in Los Angeles in 1984, followed by gold with his previous partner Andy Holmes in the Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988. The also won gold medals with partner Matthew Pinsent for the Coxless Pairs at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and in the famous win in the Coxless Fours at the Sydney Olympics. Together with partner Matthew Pinsent, Steve was the holder of the World Record in Coxless Pairs from 1994 until 2002, and he still retains the Olympic Record, set in Atlanta in 1996.

In addition to his Olympic successes, and following four unbeaten seasons from 1993 to 1996, Steve won his ninth World Championship Gold in August 1999 in St Catherines, Canada. His previous World Championship Golds were in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Steve was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 1987 and the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 1997. Following his success in Sydney, he was awarded a Knighthood in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List. The University of Durham also awarded him an Honorary Degree in December 1996.

Our Comment

"Steve is one of the most prominent and successful Olympians in the world today. Both his success and longevity as the greatest rower of his generation ensure his popularity as an experienced and highly inspirational public speaker."

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