There are members of Britain’s rowing team that were not born when Greg Searle MBE made his debut on the British rowing team, finishing fourth at the World Junior Championships in 1988.
Searle won world junior gold in 1989 and 1990 and it is 20 years since he won coxed pair Olympic gold with brother Jonny and cox Garry Herbert at Barcelona 1992, rowing down Italy’s Abbagnale brothers, two-time Olympic champions, in a thrilling finish.
Searle went on to win bronze four years later in the four at Atlanta 1996 but quit the sport in 2001 with five World Championship medals also on his CV.
He continued in top level sport as a grinder on Britain’s America’s Cup sailing team before the lure of a home Olympics tempted him back into rowing in 2009.
A father of two – Josie and Adam – Searle has worn the same socks in every major race since 1992.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Searle won bronze in the men's eight with Alex Partridge, Tom Ransley, Mohammed Sbihi, Matthew Langridge, Phelan Hill, James Foad, Richard Egington, and Constantine Louloudis.