Reading based rower and Habitat First ambassador Alex Gregory claimed his second Olympic gold medal after his crew rowed to a stunning victory in the men’s coxless four final this summer in Rio, beating Australia by almost 2 seconds.
Alex, who was born in Cheltenham, and his crew mates Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis managed to capture Britain’s fifth successive gold in this event, a record spanning 16 years.
Alex now joins a very exclusive list of double Olympic gold medal winning rowers, a list that includes the names of sporting icons such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell amongst many others – not bad company to keep, I think you will all agree.
Alex is 32 and has a partner, Emily, and three young children, Jasper, 6, Daisy, 2, and Jesse, six months. Rowing is a brutally demanding sport and few training regimes are more brutal than those of Team GB. They are known for pushing their athletes to the brink of despair but it has also been phenomenally successful. Gregory won gold with Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge at London 2012 and he is the only man to have survived to race in the coxless four at Rio four years later, with “survived” being the operative word. This is part of the nature of the programme, the people who survive go on to race at the Olympics and the people who don’t, make way. Alex takes great pride in the fact that he was the man to make the cut four years later and bridge the gap between London and Rio.
By his own account, these last four years have been the most physically and mentally demanding of Alex’s illustrious career, but all of the hard work and dedication has paid off and now Alex will forever be known as a double Olympic champion.
Congratulations Alex, you now join an exclusive club of Britain’s sporting elite and all of us at Habitat First are extremely proud of your achievements, it has been a pleasure to share this journey with you.Back to news