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Katherine Grainger

Full name: Katherine Jane Grainger
Gender: Female
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: November 12, 1975 in Glasgow, Glasgow City, Great Britain
Title: Dame
Affiliations: St. Andrew Boat Club, Edinburgh
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold, 4 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Australian distance runner [Ron Clarke] is supposed to have once famously said I’ve got enough silvers to light up a bleeding Christmas tree. Katherine Grainger’s Olympic career seems to mirror Clarke in that respect. Grainger has been world champion on six occasions between 2003 and 2011 but her Olympic appearances had all ended with her being one step away from the top of the podium.

The first of these second place finishes in 2000 was as part of the crew in the quadruple sculls that won Britain’s first ever Olympic rowing medal in a women’s event. Further silvers followed in the coxless pairs at Athens in 2004 and the quadruple sculls at Beijing in 2008 until it all came good for Grainger as she won the double sculls gold medal with [Anna Watkins] on home water in 2012. With a new partner, [Victoria Thornley], she was hoping for a second gold in Rio, but, alas, it was to be a fourth silver medal as she became the first British woman to win medals at five consecutive Games and become the most decorated British female Olympian. Between 2003-11 Grainger won six world titles in three different events, and retired from rowing after the Rio Games.

Grainger has a degree in law from Edinburgh University, a master’s degree in medical law from Glasgow University and further studied for a doctorate at King’s College, London. Having previously been honoured with an MBE and CBE, she became Dame Katherine Grainger in 2017 after receiving a knighthood for her services to sport and her charity work. She was also announced as the new chair of UK Sport in 2017.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2004 Summer 28 Athina Rowing Women's Coxless Pairs Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 36 London Rowing Women's Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2016 Summer 40 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Women's Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Women's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
2012 Summer 36 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Anna Bebington-Watkins Final Round A Final
2012 Summer 36 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Anna Bebington-Watkins Round One Heat One
2016 Summer 40 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Great Britain GBR Victoria Thornley Final Round A Final
2016 Summer 40 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Great Britain GBR Victoria Thornley Semi-Finals Heat Two
2016 Summer 40 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Great Britain GBR Victoria Thornley Round One Heat One

Women's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
2004 Summer 28 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Cath Bishop Final Round A Final 7:08.66
2004 Summer 28 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Cath Bishop Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:06.75
2004 Summer 28 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Cath Bishop Round One Heat One 7:34.66

Women's Quadruple Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:21.64
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat One 6:30.96
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:35.09
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:17.37 3
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 6:13.70 2
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