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Olympic silver medallist in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and six times a World Champion, Katherine is GB's most successful Olympic female rower and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to rowing.

Olympic silver medallist in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and six times a World Champion, Katherine is GB's most successful Olympic female rower and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to rowing.

A mere mortal might well have thrown in the towel after three successive Olympic knockbacks, where Katherine Grainger won silver. But instead she dug in, training harder and longer than ever before, with the result that, at the (athletically speaking) ripe old age of 36, she won gold at the 2012 Olympics.

Golden ladies of the lake: After three silvers, rowing wins the big prize at last

A mere mortal might well have thrown in the towel after three successive Olympic knockbacks, where Katherine Grainger won silver. But instead she dug in, training harder and longer than ever before, with the result that, at the (athletically speaking) ripe old age of 36, she won gold at the 2012 Olympics.

Rowing women's double sculls – Gold: Great Britain (Anna Watkins, left, and Katherine Grainger)  Bronze: Poland (Julia Michalska, right, and Magdalena Fularczyk)

Friday's Olympic medal winners

Rowing women's double sculls – Gold: Great Britain (Anna Watkins, left, and Katherine Grainger) Bronze: Poland (Julia Michalska, right, and Magdalena Fularczyk)

Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger storm to Olympic gold in the Women's Double Sculls event.  The duo kicked off an unforgettable day for Team GB, soon to be labelled Super Saturday.

Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger storm to Olympic gold in the Women's Double Sculls event. The duo kicked off an unforgettable day for Team GB, soon to be labelled Super Saturday.

Gold Medal Winner stamp - Katherine Grainger & Anna Watkins, Rowing, Women's Double Sculls

Gold Medal Winner stamp - Katherine Grainger & Anna Watkins, Rowing, Women's Double Sculls

London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist in Rowing Double Sculls

London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist in Rowing Double Sculls

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins celebrate gold

Olympics 2012: Katherine Grainger finally wins rowing gold

Superstar Molesey Women's Crew Destroys Course Record - Row2k Feature Coverage: Head Of The Charles Regatta

Superstar Molesey Women's Crew Destroys Course Record - Row2k Feature Coverage: Head Of The Charles Regatta

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