English rower and gold medallist at five successive Olympic Games 1984–2000. He also won nine gold medals at the World Championships 1986–99, was world indoor rowing champion in 1990, and was a member of the winning four-man bobsleigh team at the National Bobsleigh Championships in 1989. He announced his retirement from rowing in November 2000. In December 2000, he received the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sports Personality of the Year award, and was elected vice-president of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
Olympic Games gold coxed four 1984; gold coxless pairs 1988, 1992, 1996; gold coxless four 2000; bronze coxed pairs 1988
World Championships gold coxed pairs 1986; gold coxless pairs 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995; gold coxless four 1997, 1998, 1999; silver coxed pairs 1987; silver coxless pairs 1989; bronze coxless pairs 1990
Commonwealth Games gold single sculls 1986; gold coxless pairs 1986; gold coxed four 1986
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2000
Redgrave's most successful rowing partnership was with Matthew Pinsent, with whom he held the coxless pairs world record, set in Lucerne in 1994, and the coxless pairs Olympic record, set in Atlanta in 1996. He was the first British competitor to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympics, an achievement for which he was presented with a special Olympic pin. He was chosen to carry the British team flag at the opening ceremony of both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He was knighted in 2001.
Representing the Leander Club he won the Stewards Cup (for coxless fours) at the 2000 Henley Royal Regatta, England. It was the 19th Henley medal of his career, the most anyone has achieved since the late 19th century. At a World Cup regatta in Munich in May 1998, Redgrave and Pinsent, competing in UK's coxless four, suffered their first defeat together at a major regatta since 1992. Nevertheless, he remained the most successful competitor in the history of the sport, having won 18 World Championship and Olympic medals, including 14 gold.
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