Helen Glover successfully defended her Olympic Gold from London 2012 in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games. With Heather Stanning they won Britain’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in rowing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since 2011 they have been undefeated internationally and hold the World Record in their women’s pairs category.
At the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Glover’s reign continued with Stanning when they retained their Olympic title. Meticulous planning, science and commitment to leave no stone unturned meant that Glover’s Olympics was likely to be successful. Team GB’s Rowing Team was the best international team at the Rio Olympics and Glover was at the forefront of this.
Remarkably Helen only took up rowing in 2008 when she was identified through the UK’s Sporting Giants recruitment scheme designed to identify and train athletes of a suitable size. She is a gifted sportswoman and competitor. Prior to rowing Helen competed internationally in cross country and trained with the England Hockey Satellite Squad. Proving her sporting talent Helen has won the TV Superstars convincingly, sweeping aside all challengers and received an MBE after her Olympic success.
Since 2015 Helen has been ranked the World’s Number One female rower. Following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, she married popular TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall.
"Helen Glover the Olympic Champion has absolutely dominated international women's rowing. Whoever she is paired with, they win. Never beaten, she's ranked by FISA as the World's #1 Female Rower. Her rivals know that they are racing for silver medals. A truly inspirational example of achievement."