Sir Steve Redgrave, quintuple Olympic gold medallist rower from Marlow Bottom, has proved to be the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced.
After striking gold in Sydney he became our only athlete ever to have won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. His first Olympic gold came in the coxed fours in Los Angeles in 1984, followed by gold with Andy Holmes in the coxless pairs at Seoul in 1988, gold with Matthew Pinsent in the coxless pairs at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Following four unbeaten seasons from 1993 to 1996, Redgrave 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.
His other sporting interests include golf and winter sports, and during the 1989/90 season, he was a member of the British Bobsleigh Team. Redgrave was awarded the MBE 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.
He now has a busy career representing commercial companies in a PR and promotional capacity at corporate receptions and trade fairs. The Sir Steve Redgrave Charitable Trust is aiming to raise £5 million in 5 years.
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