Katherine Grainger

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Date of Birth November 12, 1975
Place of Birth Scotland
Age 45 years old
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Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Jane Grainger is a British former rower and current chair of UK Sport. With five Olympic medals she is Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian. She is a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion. Since 2015 she has been chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Grainger first won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 in the woman's quadruple sculls. In Athens in 2004, she won silver in the coxless pairs. In Beijing 2008 she won her third silver, again in the quadruple sculls. At the London Olympics 2012, Anna Watkins and Grainger broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the double sculls final, before winning the gold medal. Grainger won a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games 2016 with Victoria Thornley, after a two-year break from the sport. Grainger has won eight medals at the World Championship between 1997 and 2011.

Country: United Kingdom
Sport: Women's rowing
Event(s): Double Sculls
College team: Edinburgh University Boat Club
Club: St Andrew Boat Club
Coached by: Paul Thompson

About Katherine Grainger

Gold medal-winning rower at the 2012 Olympics in London who also won silver medals in 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Before Fame

She trained for rowing on the River Dee, and competed for the first time in the 1997 World Championship in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, where her team took bronze.


Her four Olympic medals were among the most of any British Olympian, and her numerous world championships made her the most accomplished rower in the country's history.

Family Life

She was born in Glasgow, Scotland.


Of the British female Olympians, only Rebecca Adlington earned as many medals as her.

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  • British female rowers
  • Scottish Olympic medallists
  • Fellows of King's College London
  • Olympic rowers of Great Britain
  • Rowers at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Rowers at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Rowers at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Rowers at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Rowers at the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Olympic gold medallists for Great Britain
  • Olympic silver medallists for Great Britain
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Latest information about Katherine Grainger updated on January 14, 2021.

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