Katherine Grainger was Great Britain's finest woman rower, but there was one gigantic itch that needed to be scratched. On 3 August 2012, on the water at Eton Dorney, she - and Anna Watkins - rubbed away and London 2012 Olympic Games women's Double Sculls golds medals were theirs. Three times a silver medallist in the Olympic Games, Katherine Grainger could now retire as the Olympic champion at the age of 36 - completing a career that had seen her win six World Championships and eight World Cup gold medals - but she didn't. Instead, after two and a half years trying to live up to her promise of showing everyone in Britain her gold medal, in early 2015 Katherine announced that she would be back to defend her title at Rio in 2016. Even before this monumental decision, Katherine's story was a remarkable one - proof that nice people can be winners and dedication and hard work pays off. Incredibly bright, Grainger combined her athletic career with her education and she has degrees from Glasgow and Edinburgh Univeristies and a PhD from London, in subjects as diverse as law, philosophy and homicide. No wonder she is so much in demand as a motivational speaker.
Katherine Grainger: The Autobiography tells the inspirational story of one of Britain's golden girls from London 2012 and now is updated with a chapter following her months of training to get back into the boat, the World Cup series of 2015 with new partner Vicky Thornley, and the build-up to Rio.
Dr Katherine Grainger is Great Britain's finest female rower and the most decorated one, too, with four Olympic Games medals - one gold - eight World Championship medals - six gold - and seven rowing World Cups. But Katherine is more than just a star on the water, she is highly intelligent, having earned an Honours law degree from Edinburgh University, a Master of Philosophy degree from the Glasgow University and, whilst training for the London 2012 Games, completed her PhD in Homicide at King's College, London. Katherine's decision not to retire, but to torture herself for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is further proof that she is a very special person. She lives in Maidenhead, close to the River Thames.
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