1. Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave CBE DL is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.
2. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds.
3. In 2002, Redgrave was ranked number 36 in the BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. As of 2012 he is the third most decorated British Olympian after Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
4. He has carried the British flag at the opening of the Olympic Games on two occasions.
5. In 2011 he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award.
6. Redgrave was born in Marlow, Buckinghamshire to Geoffrey Edward Redgrave, a submariner in World War II who became a builder, and Sheila Marion daughter of Harold Stevenson, a local bus driver.
7. In 1887 his great grandparents, Harry and Susannah Redgrave, migrated to Marlow from Bramfield, Suffolk.
8. From 1991 the crews in which he rowed became renowned for their consistent dominance, winning almost every time they raced.
9. Indeed, the occasional lapses, such as the Lucerne regatta in 2000, were regarded with surprise by both the rowing community and the press.
10. For much of his career he suffered illness – in 1992 he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and in 1997 he was diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus type 2.
11. In 1989/1990 Redgrave was a member of the British bobsleigh team, as well as national champion.
12. Redgrave won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000 plus a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Games.
13. Immediately after winning the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal, he stated if anyone found him close to a rowing boat again they could shoot him.
14. In 2000, he won his fifth consecutive Olympic Gold Medal and retired from the sport.
15. It included video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for gold.
16. At the medal ceremony after 2000 Summer Olympics he was also presented with a gold Olympic pin by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch in recognition of his achievement.
17. At the World Rowing Championships he won 9 gold medals, 2 silvers, and a bronze.
18. He won the Wingfield Sculls for single scullers five times between 1985 and 1989.
19. In April 2006 Redgrave completed his third London Marathon, raising a record £1,800,000 for charity.
20. In April 2008 he took part in the Olympic Torch relay for the games in Beijing.
21. He starred in Top Ground Gear Force for Sport Relief in 2008, where the Top Gear Team took on Ground Force with predictable results, and trashed his garden.