Sir Steven Redgrave, CBE, DL is a retired British rower; who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds. He is regarded as Britain’s greatest-ever Olympian, the most successful male rower in Olympic history; and the only person to have won gold medals at five Olympic Games in an endurance sport.
Steve Redgrave is among the greatest athletes Britain has ever produced. With the coxless four victory at Sydney; he became the first athlete in history to win endurance events at five consecutive Games. In speeches Steve describes the pressure of wanting to stay at the top, the punishing training regime; the leader’s role and the mix of skills within each team. He underlines the need to adapt to circumstances, and the importance of setting a series of achievable goals.
In 2002, Steven Redgrave was ranked number 36 in the BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. As of 2012 he is the third most decorated British Olympian after Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins. He has carried the British flag at the opening of the Olympic Games on two occasions. In 2011 he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Steven Redgrave Honours
In the 2001 New Year Honours Steve Redgrave was appointed a Knight Bachelor “for services to Rowing”; which he received from Queen Elizabeth II on 1 May 2001 in Buckingham Palace.
Steven Redgrave was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1987; and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997.
- 2000 he was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
- 2001 the International Rowing Federation awarded him the Thomas Keller Medal for Outstanding International Rowing Career.
- 2002, his fifth Olympic gold was voted the greatest sporting moment in Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.
The Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake was opened by him and Matt Pinsent in 2006. The lake and boathouse provide training, medical and scientific facilities for the GB rowing squad.
- 2010 he was a Awarded the degree of Hon. LLD from the University of St Andrews
- 2011 he was awarded the BBC Sports – Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh; “in recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements and role as a sports ambassador”.
Steven Redgrave is commemorated at Burnham Grammar School, Redbridge Community School, Broadlands Science; and Engineering School as one of the four houses there. At Linton Village College in Cambridgeshire and Woodcote High School in Croydon; there is a school faculty (house) named after him.
Steven Redgrave Olympic Wins
1984 Summer Olympics – Gold
The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad; was an international multi-sport event held in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1984. When Tehran, the only other interested city on the international level, declined to bid due to the concurrent Iranian political and social changes; the IOC awarded Los Angeles the Games by default. This was the second occasion Los Angeles hosted the games; it previously hosted in 1932. Steve Redgrave won his first title in rowing; of the record five he would go on to win in five Olympic competitions.
1988 Summer Olympics – Gold
The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad; was an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. They were the second summer Olympic Games to be held in Asia; and the first since the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. They were also the fourth Olympic Games to be held in autumn.
1992 Summer Olympics – Gold
The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad; was an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. The 1992 Summer Games were the last to be staged in the same year as the Winter Games. Due to the end of the Cold War, these games were the first without boycotts since 1972. In fact the Olympics was the final success of the former Soviet Union (despite only part of it taking part), and biggest of the “Olympic flag”. Nations from the former USSR competed as the Unified Team, coming 1st in the overall rankings.
1996 Summer Olympics – Gold
The 1996 Summer Olympics (French: Les Jeux olympiques d’été de 1996); known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially as the Centennial Olympics. Was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States; from July 19 to August 4, 1996. A record 197 nations, all current IOC member nations, took part in the Games, comprising 10,318 athletes. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to separate the Summer and Winter Games; which had been held in the same year since 1924; and place them in alternating even-numbered years, beginning in 1994. The 1996 Summer Games were the first to be staged in a different year from the Winter Games. Atlanta became the fifth American city to host the Olympic Games and the third to hold a Summer Olympic Games.
2000 Summer Olympics – Gold
By rowing in the winning coxless four, Steven Redgrave of Great Britain became a member of a select group; who had won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics. The swimming 4 x 100-metre medley relay of B.J. Bedford, Megan Quann (Jendrick), Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres became the first women’s relay under 4-minutes. Swimming 3:58 and setting a world record, claiming the gold medal for the United States.
- Gold-1986 Edinburgh
Steven Redgrave Achievements
- 1996 – Winner of UK Celebrity Gladiators
- 2000 – BBC Sports Personality of the Year
- 2001 – Collected a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II
- 2010 – Awarded the degree of Hon. LLD from the University of St Andrews
- 2011 – BBC Sports – Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2012 – Carried the London 2012 Olympic Torch into the Olympic Stadium
- 2013 – Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh
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