Katherine Grainger, British Olympic Rower, 5 time medallist.

Katherine Grainger: Karate key to Olympian's rowing success

Five-time Olympic medallist Katherine Grainger says her grounding in karate has had a profound influence on her rowing career.

British Olympic rower Steve Redgrave carried the torch into the stadium, before handing it over to seven budding young athletes who ignited copper petals around the cauldron.     Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/906568-young-british-athletes-light-cauldron-at-olympics-opening-ceremony#ixzz21xIUcVrL

London 2012 Olympics: Lighting the Olympic Flame - A group of seven young athletes light the Olympic Cauldron Picture: PA

No hard feelings! Kate and William pose for a photo after the Duchess' team was beaten by her husband's, despite having an Olympic rower on her side

Competitive Kate all smiles after losing to husband in boat race

No hard feelings! Kate and William pose for a photo after the Duchess' team was beaten by her husband's, despite having an Olympic rower on her side

Olympic Snacking - Grape, cream cheese, celery & pretzel sticks put to creative use - Great British Chefs--week 15!

Olympic Snacking - Grape, cream cheese, celery pretzel sticks put to creative use - Great British Chefs--week

Cute Dads in the Kitchen: How to Make Marshmallow Sheep Snacks [VIDEO]

Cheerios (made like ricecrispie treats) form a great body for this brownie headed easter sheep.

London 2012 Olympics: GB's medallists may be barefooted on podium after BOA take tough stance over sponsorship  Some of Britain’s leading athletes, including Mark Cavendish and Mo Farah, may collect any London 2012 Olympic medals in bare feet to avoid contractual issues with personal sponsors following a row with the British Olympic Association over marketing rights | Flag day: Great Britain's Mo Farah may recieve his medal barefooted Photo: GETTY IMAGES

London 2012 Olympics: Beach Volleyball is most popular sport for ministers

London 2012 Olympics: GB's medallists may be barefooted on podium after BOA take tough stance over sponsorship

The IU (Intelligent Urban) carbon fiber concept bike by cyclist Chris Boardman (with a concealed lithium polymer battery, discreetly powered by micro-dot solar cells on the frame surfaces).

Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman shows off his unique bike design which he not only says will be common in 20 years but is also theft-proof and features puncture-free tires. The futuristic-looking c.

Gold postbox in honour of an Olympic gold medallist

A postbox in Leek painted gold in honour of Anna Watkins. Olympic medal winner Anna Watkins, who along with fellow rower Katherine Grainger, won Gold in the Women’s Rowing Double Sculls final.

British Muslim Olympic rower to compensate for not fasting

British Muslim Olympic rower to compensate for not fasting

British Muslim athlete, Moe Sbihi, who will represent his country in the upcoming Olympics which falls in Ramadan (Muslim month of fasting), has found a solution to his inability to fast reported The Mail newspaper on Sunday.

British Alison Mowbray (B), Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Rebecca Romero compete in the women's quadruple sculls final to win the silver medal 22 August 2004 at the Schinias rowing and canoeing center during the 2004 Athens Olympics Games.

British Alison Mowbray (B), Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Rebecca Romero compete in the women's quadruple sculls final to win the silver medal 22 August 2004 at the Schinias rowing and canoeing center during the 2004 Athens Olympics Games.

Equipe Britannique Féminine de Ski: British skiers Valentina Iliffe, Carol Blackwood, Gina Hathorne and Divina Galica of the women's Olympic team pose in a row on a ski slope in Sapporo, Japan, Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)

Before discovering motorsport, Galica (far right) was an Olympic skier. She was captain of the British ski team and competed at the Winter Olympics in 1968 and Until March Galica held the female British speed skating record, clocking 125 miles per hour in

A goose flies between the rowing lanes during the training session of the British Olympic rowing teams in the Varese Lake, in northern Italy.

Photos of the Day 04/18

Sir Steve Redgrave (UK) was the first athlete to win gold medals at 5 successive Olympic Games in an endurance sport - Rowing

How much dedication does it take to win four gold medals at consecutive Olympics. I hope and can summon as much determination and strength to pursue my ambitions.

On Day Five, the British finally win a gold medal at the British Olympics

After a wait that seemed like forever, Britain finally won its first gold medal at its home Olympics, with the rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover dominating the women’s coxless pairs in a victory at Dorney Lake.

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