Katherine Grainger CBE was born on 12 November 1975 in Glasgow. She is an Olympic rower representing the United Kingdom. She qualified for her first Olympics in 2000, in which she earned a silver medal in the Quadruple Sculls. Grainger then went on to compete in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. She was listed for a CBE in the 2013 Honours list for services to rowing. She is the most successful female rower for Great Britain. She is a six-time world champion.
Grainger's family moved to Netherley, Aberdeenshire, and Katherine represents several rowing clubs in rowing events. She often trained on the River Dee, which is the only river she has fallen into whilst rowing.
She is a three time silver medallist, earning silver in the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004. and Beijing 2008 Olympics. Her first medal was in the quadruple sculls with Guin Batten, Gillian Lindsay and Miriam Batten, losing to the German side. In 2004 she took part in the coxless pairs with Cath Bishop losing to Romania. In 2008 she returned to quadruple sculls with Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton, losing narrowly to China. She has also won eight medals in world championships.
She has also won the Rowing World Cup in the Quadruple Sculls in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and the Double Sculls in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 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 Homicide at King's College London. Grainger has remarked "Without planning it both my Olympic career and my PhD have met at the same time and the culmination for both is 2012 – not by design."
2012 London - Gold, Women's Double Sculls
2008 Beijing - Silver, Women's Quad
2004 Athens - Silver, Coxless Pair
2000 Sydney - Silver, Women's Quad
World Rowing Championships
2011 Bled - Gold, Double Scull
2010 Lake Karapiro - Gold, Double Scull
2009 Poznan - Silver, Single Scull
2007 Munich - Gold, Women's Quad
2006 Dorney Lake - Gold, Women's Quad
2005 Gifu - Gold, Women's Quad
2003 Milan - Gold, Coxless Pair
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
1997 - Gold, Coxless Pair
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2012 - 1st, Single Scull
2011 - 2nd, Single Scull
2004-2010 - 1st, Single Scull
2001 - 1st, Double Scull
1998 - 1st, Single Scull