With Olympic gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection, Katherine is Britain’s most successful female rower.


In September 2014, Katherine returned to full-time training with the GB Rowing Squad with Rio 2016 Olympics in her sights.
She competed in her first international event since London 2012 at the end of May 2015, the European Championships in Poznan, Poland. Katherine and new rowing partner in the double sculls, Vicky Thornley, came home with a Bronze medal behind World Champions Poland and Lithuania.

The pairing then went on to win a Bronze medal at the World Cup II in Varese, Italy, in a time of 06:55.67 narrowly beating the Polish double in an exciting finish.


World Cup III took the GB Rowing team to the beautiful setting of Lake Rotsee, Lucerne. Katherine and Vicky took second place in their heat in a time of 06:50.97 putting them through to the semi-final. An unfortunate error in the semi ended their medal hopes. In the ‘B’ final they won comfortably ahead of Finland in a time of 06:58.87.

At the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France at the end of August, Katherine and Vicky qualified the double scull boat for a place at the Rio Olympics in 2016. They now have the hard winter season of training ahead of them before international competition begins again in April.

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book covers together

“The book is a testament to friendship” (The Observer)

“… as much about people as it is about the physical and mental challenges of world-class rowing” (The Financial Times)

“a beautifully crafted tale of a singular woman… an important and long overdue book… its pages are rich with emotion; passion, anger and determination ooze out of the text.” (Rowing & Regatta Magazine)



The paperback edition of Katherine’s autobiography (pictured above) is now available. It features an updated foreword, a new cover and title; ‘Katherine Grainger the Autobiography’. Purchase a copy here.