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WHO we AM: Sir Steve Redgrave

  • Sir Steve Redgrave’s Olympic favourite flourishing adult was swimmer Mark Spitz
  • He says that he would adore to be means to go for a pint with Brian Clough
  • Redgrave believes he would have been a builder if not for rowing
  • He says he always used to dream about winning vital sporting events 

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Olympic fable SIR STEVE REDGRAVE talks to ANDREW MAGEE about carrying a pint with Cloughie, his time as a builder and competing in a bobsled… 

I’ve never been means to watch Cool Runnings since it strike too tighten to home.

The story of a Jamaican bobsled group could have been about me! A crony of cave — Larry Tracey — was concerned in a British group and we finished adult competing in a few British Championships and World Cup races. Though as shortly as we late from a group they seemed to improve! But he was Irish by birth and he attempted to get a group to a Calgary Winter Olympics, where a Jamaicans competed. we acted as their pull start coach. We used to pull a sled on wheels along his expostulate with an electric timing system. It was a good knowledge nonetheless it assured me to hang with rowing. I’m blissful we did.

I was unhappy when Bradley Wiggins pennyless my record for many Olympic medals, nonetheless usually since it was a record we didn’t know we had!

Of march we was gay for Bradley in Beijing, nonetheless we missed out on 8 years of savouring a record. Then when Chris Hoy pennyless my record of golds in London we was gratified to be there to honour him. Theirs are both measureless achievements.

Sir Steve Redgrave didn't know he hold record for many Olympic medals until it was broken

Sir Steve Redgrave didn’t know he hold record for many Olympic medals until it was broken

If it weren’t for rowing, I’d have substantially been a builder.

My father was a builder and a association name was Redgrave and Son. He always approaching me to take over. The problem is he late before we finished personification out on a water. we used to work with him when we left school, nonetheless ‘work with’ is not unequivocally a right description. He used to call me a foreman. I’d go out training in a morning and come behind and mount around with my hands in my pockets. Then in a afternoon I’d go off training again. I’d still design to be paid during a finish of a week though.

Redgrave's father was a builder and a Olympian was approaching to take over a company

Redgrave’s father was a builder and a Olympian was approaching to take over a company

I was a haven propagandize goalkeeper before we became a rower.

I was utterly large so we blocked many of a idea off but, notwithstanding being a Chelsea fan, we wasn’t ever like ‘the cat’ Peter Bonetti. Ski instructors have indeed called me ‘the log’ since I’m not unequivocally flexible. When rowing became an option, we suspicion going out on a stream during propagandize time seemed like a no-brainer.

I’d adore to be in a James Bond film.

I consider I’d be good during a stunts nonetheless we utterly imagination being a villain. we consider we could be a unequivocally good nonetheless somewhat incomparable Oddjob — and a actor who played him (Toshiyuki ‘Harold’ Sakata) was also an Olympic weightlifting medallist for a USA! we used to chuck a shot put nonetheless we was invalid during discus. I’d substantially need a lot of training to chuck my tip hat.

Adjusting to life after a Olympics was substantially a easiest thing I’ve ever done.

Most people pronounced we would find it unequivocally formidable to stop. But after we stopped rowing we was a fourth chairman to turn concerned in a London 2012 bid so my Olympic dream carried on in a opposite way. But when a cauldron went out during a 2012 Paralympics we found that unequivocally difficult. we had a series of months where we unequivocally did struggle. Now we can know what people were observant when we was entrance to a finish of my career.

He did not find it formidable to stop once he late nonetheless after London 2012 was a struggle

He did not find it formidable to stop once he late nonetheless after London 2012 was a struggle

I’d adore to go for a splash with Brian Clough.

His truth and opinion to things is something we can unequivocally describe to. My favourite quote of his was when he was articulate about traffic with his players if they had an issue: ‘We speak about it for 20 mins and afterwards we confirm we was right.’

Success to me is about winning nonetheless a subsequent turn down is achieving a best that we can with your ability.

Not everybody can be an Olympic bullion medallist, not everybody can be a best in their field. It’s all about personal bests. we admire people that can pull themselves and expostulate themselves to get to a tip turn they presumably can.

I was a good youth contestant nonetheless we also got a yellow belt in judo.

I was a good competitor nonetheless we grew adult in a tiny village and wanted to join a weekly judo class. we was usually about 11 or 12 nonetheless being utterly large we was put adult opposite a 17 and 18-year-olds as a heights matched.

That’s substantially since we took adult rowing since we kept removing mullered on a judo pad and wanted to do something somewhat reduction painful.

Redgrave highlighted Ol' Big 'Ead Brian Clough as a chairman he would adore to have a pint with

Redgrave pronounced his favourite Clough quote was his response to traffic with disagreements: 'We speak about it for 20 mins and afterwards we confirm we was right'

Redgrave highlighted Old Big ‘Ead as a chairman he would adore to have a pint with

Since a residence was burgled, my medals have always lived in a safe.

It’s utterly unhappy since they don’t come out that often. You tend to forget them since we don’t see them on a unchanging basis. They’ve got utterly painful and smashed as good since they’ve finished a rounds. The Sydney badge has got a bake on it from when it went turn during a dinner.

I always used to dream about winning large sports events.

It was possibly a Olympics or using out during Wembley and scoring a leader in an FA Cup final. Obviously a Olympic dream came loyal nonetheless I’m still watchful for a FA Cup award to come along. we haven’t given adult my hopes yet.

Mark Spitz was my Olympic hero.

As a immature child examination we thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be illusory to go to a Games and win a medal?’ we never suspicion I’d even get to an Olympics, let alone win a gold. So to have 5 is something else. Each Games we went into we was shutting on Mark Spitz’s 9 golds, nonetheless we was never going to compare him.

The swimmer Mark Spitz, who Redgrave never matched, was his Olympic favourite flourishing up

The swimmer Mark Spitz, who Redgrave never matched, was his Olympic favourite flourishing up

My favourite career memory is winning that initial Olympic gold.

You have this dream for many years of perplexing to turn an Olympian, of essay to be a best. When that indeed happens, that unequivocally is achieving a dream. The other ones are all unequivocally special and positively not easy by any widen of a imagination. But a existence is you’ve finished it once before so you’ve taken that doubt away. Up until a initial one it is still a dream. You consider we can do it, nonetheless can we unequivocally do it?

If we could re-run one race, it would be a singular skulls during Henley Royal Regatta in 1986.

I lost. And we should have won. we was racing a lightweight in a final and we was favourite. we took a length lead after 45 seconds and pushed on, extended a lead and afterwards my competition solemnly overhauled me. He wasn’t disturbed about being down, he was racing a distance. we schooled a lot about meaningful my antithesis and meaningful what they’re able of. But he was reigning universe champion during a time, so he was flattering reasonable.

I’d give my life 4 out of 10.

Hopefully I’ve got some reasonable time left, nonetheless we never know. we was utterly good in one area and one activity nonetheless we struggled in others, so it’s a four.

Redgrave still thinks about an eventuality that he mislaid and 1986 and would adore to re-run it again

Redgrave still thinks about an eventuality that he mislaid and 1986 and would adore to re-run it again

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