Rebecca Romero MBE
One of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports
A silver medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympics in the quadruple sculls, Rebecca realised her dream when she won gold in the individual pursuit at Beijing, making her a medalist in two different Olympic Sports, the only Briton, male or female to do so.Speaker enquiry
Rebecca is a unique athlete. She is one of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports (Rowing 2004 and Cycling 2008), and the only Briton, male or female to do so.
Rebecca started rowing aged 17 and as a senior she achieved medals in successive World Cup Series and World Championships, culminating in a silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics in the quadruple sculls.
However, during the 2005 season Rebecca was injured and during her rehab she decided it was time to start moving onto something new. It was at this point, purely by chance, she was approached by British Cycling and following a series of tests was told she had the potential to succeed at the highest level in cycling. In April 2006 Rebecca started the second part of her amazing career training as a cyclist, with her sights set on Beijing.
Rebecca realised her dream at the Beijing Olympic Games when she won gold, becoming Olympic Champion in the Individual Pursuit. She was then appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.View more
Performing under pressure
“Rebecca was great both before and during the event. It was a pleasure to meet her.”
Marc Woodward, Vice President Customer Development, Unilever
“Rebecca presents her story of her extraordinary achievement of winning Olympic medals in two separate sports. She delivers this in a very natural way and there is a vulnerability about her which makes her very engaging. She is very emotional which is great because the Olympics is all about emotion and passion. All these things made her very believable and authentic.”