Steve Redgrave

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  • Sport: Rowing
  • Born:March 23, 1962,Marlow, United Kingdom
  • Residence:England

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.

Biography

At Sydney in 2000, when he secured his fifth gold medal from as many consecutive Olympic Games, Steve Redgrave confirmed his status as not only the finest rower the world has ever seen, but as one of the greatest Olympians of all time.

Four years previous to this remarkable achievement, having just won gold at the Atlanta Games, Redgrave, sat in his boat and out of breath, famously requested anyone to shoot me if you see me in a boat again. The opportunity to add even further to his gold medal collection, however, would ultimately prove too tempting a challenge.

Despite his earlier request, and having been diagnosed with diabetes the year following Atlanta, it would in fact be the Sydney Games that were to mark the end of a long and extraordinary career in competitive sport. His career achievements included: gold for the Coxed Fours in Los Angeles in 1984, gold with his previous partner Andy Holmes in the Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988, gold with partner Matthew Pinsent for the Coxless Pairs at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and, of course, the famous win in the Coxless Fours in Sydney.

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.

He has also won numerous other honours in the sport over the past eleven years, including the Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Sculls several times and the Silver Goblets a record seven times. In 1986, Steve became a triple Commonwealth gold medallist at Edinburgh, winning the Single Scull, Coxless Pairs, and Coxed Four. His other sporting interests include golf and winter sports, and during the 1989/90 season, he was a member of the British Bobsleigh Team.

Steve was awarded the MBE in the British 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 Years Honours List. The University of Durham also awarded him an Honorary Degree in December 1996.

Since retiring, Steve has dedicated himself to charitable work. This has involved running the London Marathon, which, in completing for a third time in 2006, successfully raised over £1.8m for charitable causes. Of particular importance to Steve’s charitable work is his own Steve Redgrave Fund; this aims to use the power of sport and sporting activity to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their communities. He was made a Laureus Academy Member in February 2011.