Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger


  • Event Double scull (W2x)
  • Date of Birth 12/11/1975
  • Born Glasgow, Scotland


Dame Katherine Grainger is Team GB’s most decorated female Olympian, having won four silvers and one gold at five separate Olympic Games.

Grainger, who is also a black belt in karate, took up rowing at the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and her international career took off in 1997 when she won gold at the World Under-23 Championships.

The Glasgow-born rower went on to become World champion an incredible six times and won her first Olympic medal in the quadruple sculls at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

After winning her fifth Olympic medal in 2016, Grainger retired from competitive rowing and has since moved into sports governance, being appointed chair of UK Sport in April 2017.

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