Recalling career achievements
Pinsent won his first Olympic gold in Barcelona in 1992 at the age of 21, with now 5-times Olympic champion, teammate and great friend Sir Steve Redgrave, who he reveals was a ‘huge influence’ throughout his rowing career. Together they went on to win a further Olympic gold as a pair at Atlanta in ‘96 before moving to the coxless fours and winning again in Sydney 2000. After Redgrave retired, Pinsent went on to claim his final Olympic title in Athens.
It’s a career that’s undoubtedly inspirational for next year’s Olympic hopefuls. So what was Pinsent’s best moment? “It’s hard to choose between the Olympic medals,” he confesses, “they were all amazing in their own unique way. Each one was a defining moment in my career.”
Despite the confidence gained from the first Olympic title, Pinsent reveals that the pressure became tougher as each Games went by. The expectation was huge as he had a track record behind him, and he had to maintain his motivation and focus on a winning mindset. “We had to prepare mentally for the fact that there was one chance – we had to perform brilliantly on that one day,” he says.
These days, Pinsent prefers to watch the sport from the side-lines. After Athens he decided to quit rowing and hang up his blades. He’s adamant that retirement was an easy decision and while he was sorry to see rowing go, he wanted to pursue other avenues in life.