London 2012

Scottish rower Katherine Grainger has just missed out on gold three times and will hoping to finally get that one step higher up on the podium in London 2012.

Fascinating Facts:

  • Grainger is studying for a PhD in law at King's College London.
  • Awarded an MBE in 2006
  • Inducted into Edinburgh University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Grainger trained on the River Dee - which is the only river she has fallen into whilst rowing.

Grainger has won silver at the last three Games, in the quadruple sculls in Sydney and Beijing either side of a go in the coxless pairs in Athens in 2004.

Also a five-time World Championship gold medallist, Grainger has bags of ability and huge experience, and will now finally hope to have the boat to claim bold after teaming up so well with Anna Watkins.

Their double sculls boat was unbeaten in 2010 as they became world champions and earned the award for World Rowing Female Crew of the Year.

Even despite a back injury to Watkins the duo managed to continue in a winning vein in 2011, and they will be one of Team GB's big medal hopes come London.

After taking up rowing at the University of Edinburgh in 1993, Grainger excelled and was president of the Edinburgh University Boat Club in 1996/97 and went on to become a member of the University's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Grainger was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2006 but hopes more accolades will come in the form of Olympic gold in 2012.

A decorated scholar, Grainger has an Honours law degree from Edinburgh University, a Master of Philosophy degree in Medical Law from Glasgow University and is studying for a PhD in law at King's College London.

Katherine Grainger

  • DOB: 12/11/1975
  • Event: Double Sculls
  • Medals: 3 silver