Helen Glover

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About Helen Glover

British Olympic rower who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, the first woman in her country’s history to do so. Along with partner Heather Stanning, she holds Olympic, European, and World records in her sport.

Early life

A talented multi-sport athlete growing up, she excelled at running and hockey. She attended the University of Wales to study exercise science and started rowing competitively in 2008.

Trivia

In recognition of her athletic accomplishments, she was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 and received a Blue Peter gold badge in 2014.

Family of Helen Glover

She was one of five children growing up. In 2015, she got engaged to Steve Backshall. They got married in September 2016. She and Backshall welcomed their first child, a son named Logan, in 2018, followed by a pair of twins, Kit and Willow, in 2020. 

Close associates of Helen Glover

Katherine Grainger also competed for Great Britain as a rower in 2012, winning gold in double sculls.

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Carina Bar

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About Carina Bar

Rower who won a silver medal in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 2012 Olympics; also won gold in the same event at the 2013 World Championships.

Early life

She learned to speak French and English in addition to her native German.

Trivia

She won bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 2010 World Championships.

Family of Carina Bar

She grew up in Heilbronn, Germany.

Close associates of Carina Bar

Cyclist Judith Arndt also competed for Germany in the 2012 Olympics, winning silver in women’s road time trial.

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