‘I have learned about relative failure. I saw a third place in the World Championships in 1994 as ‘hideous’. But in hindsight it helped me realise that I can’t always win. I have to deal with losing. A few years on, coming fourth at the Sydney Olympics was a life experience rather than a devastating loss. I immediately felt the need to prove that I was a good rower so I carried on for a while, but I also needed to prove that, although I was good at rowing, there were other things I could be good at too. So I joined a yachting team that took part in the America’s Cup for a year.’ GREG

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