Katherine Grainger CBE is a British rower best known for her success at the London Olympics in 2012. Born in Glasgow, the Olympic speaker is one of the most successful British sportswomen in history, boasting an Olympic gold medal, three silvers and six World Championship gongs.
Katherine first won silver at Sydney in 2000 in the woman’s quadruple sculls with Guin Batten, Gillian Lindsay and Miriam Batten losing to a German team. Four years later in Athens, she won silver again when she took part in the coxless pairs with Cath Bishop losing to Georgeta Damian and Viorica Susanu of Romania.
The Olympic speaker returned to the quadruple sculls in Beijing 2008 when she won her third silver with Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton narrowly losing to China after taking the lead for a large part of the race. At the London Olympics, Katherine and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the Double Sculls final – they then went on to win the gold medal.
With four Olympic medals, she shares the record as Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian with Rebecca Adlington. As an Olympic speaker, Katherine discusses not only her time at the Games, but also the intensive training required to succeed in such a high endurance sport.
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