Matthew Pinsent

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Sir Matthew Pinsent , CBE (born October 10, 1970 in Holt , Norfolk , England ) is a retired British rower and four-time Olympic gold medalist .

Pinsent started rowing in Eton . As a student at the University of Oxford , he took part in the Boat Race in 1990, 1991 and 1993 . He became Steven Redgrave's rowing partner in two-man without a helmsman in 1990 . This was the beginning of a long and successful partnership. Together they won the 1991 World Rowing Championships in Vienna , the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta . Four years later, at the Olympic Games in Sydney , Pinsent and Redgrave won together with James Cracknell and Tim Foster in the four without a helmsman.

After Redgrave's resignation, Pinsent and Cracknell formed a new team in a twos without a helmsman and in a twos with a helmsman (with Neil Chugani at the helm). At the 2001 World Championships in Lucerne , he won in two without and "two with" within just 2 hours. At the 2002 World Championships in Seville , he won the two without . At the 2003 World Cup in Milan , Pinsent was beaten for the first time since 1991. For this reason he switched to the four without a helmsman. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens Pinsent won in the four without , along with James Cracknell , Ed Coode and Steve Williams . From 2001 to 2004 he was a member of the IOC . At the end of November 2004, he announced his resignation.

In 1993, Pinsent was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II , was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and was finally awarded a Knight Bachelor's degree in 2004 Nobility raised. In the same year he was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by the world rowing association FISA , the highest honor in rowing. It was presented to him in May 2005 in Eton.

Today, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steven Redgrave participate in fundraising initiatives for charitable purposes, particularly in the field of youth work and diabetes prevention.


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