Eton and Oxford educated he was the President of the Rowing Club and rowed to victory in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race in 1990 and 1991. Aged 21 he took his first Olympic gold when he and rowing partner Sir Steve Redgrave won the pairs in Barcelona. During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave. Leading the Great Britain coxless four to victory at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 is widely regarded as one of the greatest sporting moments of all time.
After retiring from rowing he became a sports journalist and broadcaster, taking a lead role with the BBC in the run-up to the London Olympic Games. He also presented the World Olympic Dreams series following 26 international athletes and writes on sport for The Times.
He is an authoritative and accomplished speaker and has created talks for prestigious companies such as Camelot, Marks and Spencer, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Lombard, BT, NatWest and RBS.He published his autobiography, A lifetime in a race in 2004.
He was awarded the MBE in 1993, the CBE in 2001 and was knighted in the 2005 New Years Honours list.
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