Matthew Pinsent

Great Britain


Olympic Games
4 x
World Champion
10 x

Country Great Britain
Date of birth 10-Oct-1970 
Era 1990s, 2000s
List of honours Olympic Gold: Pair 1992, 1996, Four 2000, 2004; World Championship Gold: Pair 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002 Four 1997, 1998, 1999, Coxed Pair 2001

Matthew Pinsent
Profile Born on 10 October 1970 in Holt, Norfolk, Matthew Pinsent is a four-time Olympic rowing champion. He has come close to emulating long time partner Steve Redgrave in terms of success. Matthew Pinsent, like so many British rowers, started competitive racing while in college. He was soon earmarked as one of the nationís brightest talents and celebrated many early successes in the Coxless Pairs. In 1990, he first teamed up with Steve Redgrave, who was already a double Olympic champion in this event. It turned out to be a match made in heaven. The duo started tentatively, winning a bronze at the 1990 World Rowing Championships, but after that there was no stopping them. The imposing Pinsent won the first of his four Olympic gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games, helping Redgrave to his third Olympic crown. In 1996, the powerful pair retained their title in Atlanta, with Redgrave punctuating his retirement by exclaiming "If anybody sees me go anywhere near a boat, they have my permission to shoot me." However, when 2000 came around, it was Pinsent and Redgrave as usual aided by Tim Foster and James Cracknell in the coxless fours. Once again they emerged victorious. When Redgrave finally retired for good, Pinsent was turning into a legend in his own right, winning his fourth Olympic title, once again in the Coxless Fours. He also won 10 World Championship titles before he retired in 2004, the year in which he was knighted.