Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is a former British rower and an extremely in-demand Olympic speaker who has won no fewer than five gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games. He is now recognised as the most outstanding rower in the world – ever.
The Olympic golds came in the coxed fours in 1984, the coxless pairs in 1988 (with partner Andy Holmes), the coxless pairs in 1992 and 1996 (both with partner Matthew Pinsent), and the coxless fours in 2000.
Outside the Olympics, Redgrave has won nine World Championship gold medals – these were won in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999. The Olympic speaker – who was awarded an MBE in 1987 and then knighted four years later – has also won the Henley Royal Regatta diamond sculls on many occasions and the silver goblets seven times. At the Commonwealth Games in 1986, Steve came first in the single scull, the coxless pairs and the coxed four. At one stage he even took part in bobsleighing as one of the British team.
Other interests have seen Redgrave setting up The Steve Redgrave Fund with the stated aim “to use the power and inspiration of sport to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their communities”. The Olympic speaker has also authored several books, including Great Olympic Moments, The Complete Book of Rowing, A Golden Age, You Can Win At Life, Inspired, and Enduring Success – How To Stay At The Top In Business.
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