Katherine Grainger

Hear Katherine talking about sport and her Olympic ambitions.

The Portrait

Katherine Grainger
Photographed by Bettina von Zwehl
31 May 2010, Bisham Abbey, Marlow

Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most successful oarswoman. She took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and competed internationally for the first time in 1997. At the finals of the first Rowing World Cup in 2010 she won gold in the double sculls with Anna Watkins, and an hour later won a second gold in the quadruple sculls. With six world championship titles and three Olympic silver medals she is aiming for gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

‘The focus, the dedication, the life that they [the men’s four: Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster] were creating around them, was really inspiring to see and be part of.’
Katherine Grainger

© Bettina von Zwehl/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012