Sir Steve Redgrave is one of the few iconic figures in Sport. As one of an elite group of only 5 athletes in history to have achieved 5 gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games, Sir Steve is without doubt Britain’s greatest Olympian and indeed one of the greatest Olympians the world has ever seen.
Sir Steve became the first athlete to have the honour of carrying the Union Jack flag at two Olympic opening ceremonies.
In addition to his 5 Olympic Golds, Sir Steve’s international achievements include 3 Commonwealth gold medals, a record 9 World Championship gold medals and 3 victories at the FISA World Cup. He was also part of a team that held a rowing world record from 1994 until 2002.
He has received numerous high profile accolades and in 2000 was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year and earned the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. His fifth victory, at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, was labelled by Channel 4 as the greatest ever sporting moment.
In the New Year’s Honours List of 1987 Sir Steve was awarded the MBE and ten years later the CBE. Following his success in Sydney, Sir Steve was awarded a Knighthood in 2001.
Beyond the Boat
Sir Steve achieved the record for the largest amount of money raised by an individual in a single marathon event at the London Marathon in 2006. He has his own charitable trust, the Steve Redgrave Fund which joined with Sport Relief in 2008 and became a part of the Comic Relief family and to date this has raised over £5 million for good causes.
Sir Steve played an integral role in the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. He acted as a founding member of the bid and Chairman of the Bid’s Athlete Advisory Group. Sir Steve Redgrave has a impressive publishing portfolio having produced seven books to date and is currently working on his eighth book which will focus on Great Olympic Moments. He is also a regular analyst of televised rowing events and a Telegraph columnist.