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We are the champions: gold medallists

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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The four Olympic gold medal winners racing at St Mawes:

Helen Glover:

Helen, 26, from Penzance, has the distinction, with rowing partner Heather Stanning, of being the first UK gold medal winners of this summer's Olympic games, and the first women to win golds for rowing at the Olympics ever. They won the women's pair racing, a 2km rowing race at Eton's Dorney lake, beating Australia into second place. Helen trained as a PE teacher in Bath, where she also learned to row.

Heather Stanning

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Heather Stanning, 27, was born in Yeovil in Somerset and learned to row in Bath. With rowing partner Helen Glover she won gold in the women's pair racing, at Eton's Dorney lake, at this summer's Olympics. A captain in the Royal Artillery, she was temporarily released from duties to train full-time, but could potentially be sent to Afghanistan this autumn.

Katherine Grainger MBE

At the 2012 Olympic games in London, Katherine. 36, raced in the women's double scull race with rowing mate Anna Watkins. The duo won a fantastic gold medal, finishing over two seconds ahead of Australia. An Olympic silver medallist in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and a six-times World Champion, Katherine, 36, was awarded an MBE for services to rowing in 2006.

Sophie Hosking

Sophie Hosking, 26, won the women's lightweight double skulls with teammate Katherine Copeland, 21 – the youngest rower on the team at this summer's London Olympics. The pair won their final by over two seconds ahead of China.

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