Sir Steve Redgrave was born in Marlow in 1962. He won his first international medal in 1980 and went on to win 9 World Championships and 3 Commonwealth Championships. He is the only athlete in history to have won gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games in an endurance event. Since retiring from the water, Sir Steve has built a new career involving various commercial and charitable relationships and is well-known for his motivational speaking. He was a founding member of the successful London 2012 bid. He received the MBE in 1987, CBE in 1997 and was knighted in 2001.