Five years, three children and one retirement since Helen Glover won her second Olympic gold in Rio, she has the chance to complete a historic hat-trick this morning in the final of the women’s coxless pairs.
Alongside new partner Polly Swann, they qualified third fastest so have work to do to win more than a minor medal.
35-year-old Glover has already made history as the first mother and British Rower to compete at the Olympics, though in an interview with Telegraph Sport she rejected the tag of ‘supermum’.
“It’s just important for this story to not seem like this fairytale thing,” Glover said. “So much has been circumstance, so much has been trial and error, so much has been this is quite a big leap of faith, but it was always in the effort and trying that was the most important thing, rather than just the execution.”
An average day’s training over the last 12 months has tended to revolve around the children’s routine: a morning training session while her husband, TV explorer Steve Backshall, occupies the children, a second while the twins are napping, and a third in the afternoon or evening either with weights in their home gym, or on the rowing machine.
Will it all pay off with one last shot at glory?