Profile Born on 23 March 1962 in Marlow, England, Steve Redgrave is one of the most legendary rowers ever and he is among the most decorated Olympians of all time.
Steve Redgrave is one of only five Olympians to win at least one gold medal in five successive Olympic Games, which is proof for the exceptionally high the standard of excellence set by Britain’s most famous Olympian. Redgrave’s goldrush began in Los Angeles in 1984 when he partnered Martin Cross, Richard Budgett, Andy Holmes and Adrian Ellison in the Coxed Fours. He continued his partnership with Holmes in the Coxless Pair, a boat that emerged victorious at the 1988 Olympic Games. Following the Seoul Olympic Games, Redgrave teamed up with Matthew Pinsent who was standing on the threshold of a brilliant career himself. Redgrave and Pinsent collected gold in the Coxless Pairs in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996, which Redgrave had announced as the final race of his career. Following the Atlanta race, a large television audience heard him utter the words "If anybody sees me go anywhere near a boat, they have my permission to shoot me." However, he did not retire and no shots were fired by Pinsent and new teammates Tim Foster and James Cracknell, who made up the new Coxless Fours, Redgrave’s vehicle to Olympic immortality in Sydney in 2000.
Redgrave is best known for his Olympic exploits, but he also won eight gold medals in Olympic events at the World Rowing Championships. He was knighted in 2001 and is regarded as one of the most famous Britons ever in sport.