Sir Steven Redgrave, the quintuple Olympic Gold Medallist rower has proved to be the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced. After winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games he became the only British athlete ever to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. Redgrave's first Olympic Gold came in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the coxed fours. In 1988, in Seoul, Redgrave won gold with Andy Holmes in the coxless pairs. In 1992, again in the coxless pairs, Redgrave took gold with Matthew Pinsent. Redgrave took gold for a staggering fourth consecutive time in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics partnering Matthew Pinsent once more. At the age of 38, Redgrave returned to the Olympics in 2000 and earned a fifth gold medal, this time as a member of the British coxless fours team. This was undoubtedly the pinnacle of Redgrave's career. Following four unbeaten seasons from 1993 to 1996, Redgrave won his ninth World Championship gold in August 1999 in St Catherines, Canada. Redgrave's illustrious career spanned more than 20 years during which time he dominated rowing. His previous World Championship golds were in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993,1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998. Between 1986 and 1999, during every year in which a world championships was held, Redgrave won at least one medal, including nine golds.
His other sporting interests include golf and winter sports, and during the 1989/90 season, he was a member of the British Bobsleigh Team. Redgrave was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1987 and CBE in 1997. Following his success in Sydney, he was awarded a knighthood in the 2001 New Years Honours List.