Olympic double sculls champion Katherine Grainger reflects on her long struggle to succeed at the highest levelWhen rower Katherine Grainger won Olympic gold last summer, it was one of the most emotional moments of the Games.After three consecutive Olympic silvers, she wondered if victory would again elude her. In 2008, she had broken down in tears on the Beijing podium, declaring herself “always the bridesmaid”. But in front of the home crowd, she and Anna Watkins rowed to glory in the women’s double sculls, making Grainger the most successful oarswoman in British Olympic history.She has taken 2013 off to complete her PhD in criminal law at King’s College University and write her autobiography, Dreams Do Come True. She refused a ghost writer. If anything, she wants to show that Olympians are “very lovely, genuine normal people, who do extraordinary things”.In person, Grainger is warm and engaged. Her alter ego – “the person who lives on the water” – is forensically focused. But she’s fascinated by what makes people tick and talks enthusiastically about meeting Madeleine Albright (former US secretary of state) and PD James – “people from different creative worlds”.The daughter of Glasgow teachers, she was sporty but it was …read more

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