Grainger Wins Keller Medal

Rio de Janeiro. BRAZIL. Silver Medalist GBR W2X. Bow Victoria THORNILY and Katherine GRAINGER . 2016 Olympic Rowing Regatta. Photo by Peter Spurrier.

Dame Katherine Grainger, Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympic rower, is this year’s recipient of FISA’s Thomas Keller Medal, which recognizes “an exceptional rowing career and exemplary sportsmanship.” Grainger was presented with the annual award during the Lucerne World Rowing Cup July 8. There was little doubt that Grainger would get the nod over a field that included fellow Britons Andrew Triggs-Hodge and para-rower Tom Aggar. The versatile veteran earned five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games—including gold on home waters in 2012—moving seemingly effortlessly between boat classes during her 20-year career.