Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q & A; ROWING Kath Grainger Says That If She Does Return to the Sport It Will Be for Fun Even Though the Olympic Champion Knows the Punishing Training Regime Will Be Agony for Her

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q & A; ROWING Kath Grainger Says That If She Does Return to the Sport It Will Be for Fun Even Though the Olympic Champion Knows the Punishing Training Regime Will Be Agony for Her

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Byline: Kath Grainger

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL AT THE LONDON SPORTS WRITING FESTIVAL NEXT WEEK. DO YOU EVER TIRE OF TELLING THE STORY? Not at all. It's 14 months on since I won it with Anna Watkins and people are still excited. I hope I never tire of telling it.

Every time I talk about it, it's actually quite invigorating as I always remember either something new or something I've not thought about for a while.

BEING FAVOURITES, HOW HARD WAS THE PRESSURE AND EXPECTATION, PARTICULARLY WITH THREE SILVERS AT THE LAST THREE OLYMPICS? It was hard we had to try to separate ourselves from the expectation of a nation. I think we did that quite well because we were genuinely surprised by the support in the race and afterwards. I guess I didn't really know how many people were supporting us, and I guess in some ways they could relate to me as I'd not achieved my goal of Olympic gold up to London, and so many people never get to achieve their dreams.

DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE FELT INCOMPLETE AS AN ATHLETE OR EVEN A PERSON WITHOUT THAT GOLD? Certainly as an athlete. All my medals and memories are very special to me but the gold was the one I didn't have, so I would have felt that was missing. I hope that long term it wouldn't have affected me as a person.

THERE'S BEEN TALK ABOUT YOU POSSIBLY COMING BACK TO ROWING. IT SEEMS SUCH A BRUTAL SPORT, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF? Haha! I genuinely haven't made a decision, partly because I've been so busy. When it comes, I think it'll be an easy decision because it will be without pressure as I've got that gold now so I'll be doing it for the fun if I go back. I know that's hard to believe but us rowers are a strange bunch because you sort of get hooked on the training and how unbelievably hard it is. Most people aren't mad enough to do it. …

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