Steve Redgrave

Steve Redgrave

Sir Stephen Geoffrey Redgrave CBE (born on 23 March, 1962, in Marlow) is a British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships gold medals.

Redgrave is one of only four Olympians to have won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games. This achievement led to him being hailed as Britain's greatest Olympian.cite web
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He married Ann Callaway (now Lady Redgrave) in 1988; an accomplished rower in her own right, Ann represented Great Britain in the women's eight at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and was Chief Medical Officer to the GB rowing team from 1992 - 2001.

Rowing career

Even by rowing standards, Redgrave is a big, powerful man. He stands 1.95 metres (6 ft 5 inches) tall. In his prime, he weighed more than 100 kg. His primary strength was in sweep oared rowing, where he has the distinction of being one of the few oarsmen to have won Olympic Gold rowing both bowside and strokeside. He also enjoyed success in indoor rowing, winning the World Championship for Indoor Rowing in 1991. [ [ CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships Historical Winners ] ] He was also a successful single sculler winning the British National Championship numerous times, but not quite a world champion class single sculler.

From 1991 onwards, Redgrave, and the crews in which he rowed, became renowned for their consistent dominance. They set themselves apart from many other internationally successful crews by winning almost every time they raced. Indeed, the very occasional lapses in this winning run, such as the Lucerne regatta in 2000, were regarded with surprise by both the rowing community and the press.

For much of his career, Redgrave battled against severe illnesses. In 1992, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (although he had continued to train for a considerable time prior to diagnosis). In late 1997, diabetes was added to his list of ailments. Through careful management, however, he was able to continue training right up to the Sydney Olympics. [cite journal
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In addition to his Olympic medals, Redgrave won 9 gold medals, 2 silvers, and a bronze at the Rowing World Championships. His 14 total Olympic and World Championship gold medals is unsurpassed by any other rower in history, although later equalled by his long-time rowing partner Matthew Pinsent.

Redgrave was an outstanding competitor at Henley Royal Regatta over twenty years. He won the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup for coxless pairs seven times (twice with Andy Holmes, once with Simon Berrisford and four times with Matthew Pinsent), the Stewards' Challenge Cup for coxless fours five times, the Diamond Challenge Sculls twice, the Double Sculls Challenge Cup once (with Eric Sims) and the Queen Mother Challenge Cup for quadruple sculls once.

In 1989/1990 he was a member of the British bobsleigh team, as well as national champion.

Immediately after the winning 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in an interview Redgrave stated if anyone found him close to a rowing boat again they could shoot him.

In 2000, Redgrave won his fifth consecutive Olympic Gold Medal, retired from the sport, and became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled Gold Fever. This followed Redgrave and his crewmates in the coxless four in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for his fifth consecutive team gold.

He was made an MBE in 1987, a CBE in 1997, and he became a Knight Bachelor in 2001.

In 2002, his achievement of winning gold medals at five consecutive Olympic games was voted the greatest sporting moment in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

Life after rowing

In April 2006 he completed his third London Marathon, raising a record £1,800,000 for charity.

Redgrave is a supporter of Chelsea.

Steve Redgrave is also commemorated at Burnham Grammar School and Broadlands Science and Engineering School as one of the four houses there.

Also, at Linton Village College in Cambridgeshire, there is a school faculty (house) named after him.

He attended the 2007 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium as a guest of honour.cite web|url=|title=Sir Steve Redgrave to be guest of honour at Cup Final|publisher=SportFocus|date=2007-08-13|accessdate=2007-08-25] cite web|url=|title=Sir Steve to honour Challenge Cup winners|publisher=St Helens Today|date=2007-08-13|accessdate=2007-08-25]

He also starred in Top Gear Ground Force (although he didn't realise until it was too late) for Sport Relief in 2008, where the Top Gear Team (Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond) took on Ground Force with predictable results, and trashed his garden.

He has also launched his own Fairtrade Cotton Brand of Clothing called FiveG which is sold in Debenhams department stores. Sir Steve is committed to providing a better deal for the Third World through both his FiveG clothing range and the Sir Steve Redgrave Charity Trust.


*Olympic Medals: 5 Gold, 1 Bronze
*World Championship Medals: 9 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
*Junior World Championship Medals: 1 Silver
*Thomas Keller Medal Outstanding International Rowing Career: 2001 (Awarded by FISA)

Olympic Games

*2000 - Gold, Coxless Four (with Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster, James Cracknell)
*1996 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1992 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1988 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Andy Holmes)
*1988 - Bronze, Coxed Pair (with Andy Holmes and Patrick Sweeney)
*1984 - Gold, Coxed Four (with Martin Cross, Adrian Ellison, Andy Holmes, Richard Budgett).

World Rowing Championships

*1999 - Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Ed Coode, Matthew Pinsent)
*1998 - Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Tim Foster, Matthew Pinsent)
*1997 - Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Tim Foster, Matthew Pinsent)
*1995 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1994 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1993 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1991 - Gold, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1990 - Bronze, Coxless Pair (with Matthew Pinsent)
*1989 - Silver, Coxless Pairs (with Simon Berrisford)
*1989 - 5th, Coxed Pairs (with Simon Berrisford and Patrick Sweeney)
*1987 - Gold, Coxless Pairs (with Andy Holmes)
*1987 - Silver, Coxed Pairs (with Andy Holmes and Patrick Sweeney)
*1986 - Gold, Coxed Pairs (with Andy Holmes and Patrick Sweeney)
*1985 - 12th, Single Sculls
*1983 - Single Sculls
*1982 - 6th, Quadruple Scull
*1981 - 8th, Quadruple Scull

Junior World Rowing Championships

*1980 - Silver, Double Sculls
*1979 - Single Sculls

Henley Royal Regatta

*2001 - Queen Mother Challenge Cup
*2000 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
*1999 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
*1998 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
*1997 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
*1995 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1994 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1993 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
*1993 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1991 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1989 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1987 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1986 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
*1985 - Diamond Challenge Sculls
*1983 - Diamond Challenge Sculls
*1981 - Double Sculls Challenge Cup


* 1996 - Winner of UK Celebrity Gladiators
* 2000 - BBC Sports Personality of the Year


*"Steve Redgrave: A Golden age" (2000) with Nick Townsend (ghostwriter). ISBN 0-563-55182-8
**2nd edition: 2001 ISBN 0-563-53821-X
*"Steve Redgrave's Complete Book of Rowing" (1992). ISBN 1-85225-124-7
**2nd edition: 1995 ISBN 1-85225-230-8
*"You Can Win At Life!" (2005) with Nick Townsend. ISBN 0-563-48776-3.Redgrave has also written a foreword to "Diabetes: The at Your Fingertips Guide".

See also

*100 Greatest Sporting Moments
*Gold Fever
*Jack Beresford, rower, Britain's most successful Olympian prior to Redgrave's fourth Gold medal, with three Gold and two Silver medals from 1920 - 1936

tyles and Honours

* Mr Steve Redgrave (1962–1987)
* Mr Steve Redgrave MBE (1987–1997)
* Mr Steve Redgrave CBE (1997–2001)
* Sir Steve Redgrave CBE (2001–)


External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ Sir Steve Redgrave Fairtrade Cotton FiveG Clothing range]
* [ Virtual Library rowing information]
* [ Marlow information]
* [ Profile on RowingOne]
* [ Video 1988 Pair(2-) Olympic race]
* [ Video Sir Steve Redgrave discusses the key to a winning team]

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