Helen GLOVER

Great Britain GBR

Rowing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1986
Olympic Results

Biography

Helen GLOVER

After hitting a career high in winning Olympic gold in the coxless pairs on home water at London 2012, British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning went on to dominate their event and retain their title at Rio 2016. 

An unlikely duo

It was only in 2008, four years before the London Games, that Heather Stanning and Helen Glover had their first taste of international rowing. Born on 26 January 1985 in Yeovil, Somerset, Stanning had originally turned her back on sport to focus on her military career, serving in Afghanistan as an officer in the Royal Artillery. Meanwhile, her future rowing partner Glover, who was born on 17 June 1986 in Truro, Cornwall, was a PE teacher trying to break into Great Britain’s Olympic hockey team. 

One of 4,000 people responding to a national campaign to unearth sporting talent, which was headed up by five-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave, Glover earned selection for the rowing programme. For her part, Stanning was moved to pursue her ambitions in the sport after watching the rowing competitions at Beijing 2008, deciding that she still had goals to fulfil and to push herself to the limit to achieve them.

Hitting their stroke

The British duo’s rise to the top began when the coach Paul Stannard put them together in the coxless pairs in 2010. Though they came away empty-handed from their first World Cup regattas that year, the gap separating them from more established pairs ahead was relatively small. Despite Glover’s lack of experience and the fact their partnership was still in its infancy, they improved so rapidly that they won silver at their maiden World Championships that November, on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand. 

Home sweet home

Devoting their energies entirely to their sport ever since, Glover and Stanning set about preparing for the Olympic Games London 2012. In the season leading up to that date with destiny, they won every round of the FISA World Rowing Cup they contested and were favourites by the time they lined up for the start of the coxless pair Olympic final at Eton Dorney on 1 August 2012, having set a Games record of 6:57.29 in winning their heat. 

With 32,000 expectant spectators in the stands, the pressure on them to win Great Britain’s first gold of its home Games and the first ever for British women’s rowing was intense.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

G
Coxless Pairs
Coxless Pairs Rowing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
Coxless Pairs
Coxless Pairs Rowing