Katherine Grainger was Great Britain's finest woman rower, but there was one gigantic itch that needed to be scratched.
On 3 August 2012, on the water at Eton Dorney, she - and Anna Watkins - rubbed away and London 2012 Olympic Games women's Double Sculls gold medals were theirs.
Three times a silver medallist in the Olympic Games, Katherine aged 36, could have retired as an Olympic champion - completing a career that had seen her win six World Championships and eight World Cup gold medals - but she didn't.
Instead, after two and a half years trying to live up to her promise of showing everyone in Britain her gold medal, in early 2015 Katherine announced that she would be back to defend her title at Rio in 2016.
Even before this monumental decision, Katherine's story was a remarkable one - proof that nice people can be winners and dedication and hard work pays off.
Incredibly bright, Grainger combined her athletic career with her education and she has degrees from Glasgow and Edinburgh Univeristies and a PhD from London, in subjects as diverse as law, philosophy and homicide.
No wonder she is so much in demand as a motivational speaker. Katherine Grainger: The Autobiography continues the inspirational story of one of Britain's golden girls from London 2012, updated with the story of her return to training, finding a double sculls partner in Vicky Thornley, the highs and lows of their attempt to qualify for Rio 2016 and eventually their astonishing row to a silver medal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/11/2016
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9780233004853