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JÜRGEN GROBLER, rowing coach
Jürgen Grobler, chief coach of Britain's men's team, coached the Olympic champion pair of Redgrave and Pinsent in 1992 and 1996, the British gold medal four which included these men in 2000, and the gold medal four of 2004. As sculling coach in Magdeburg (German Democratic Republic) and chief coach of the East German women's team for ten years before moving to Britain in 1991, his record of coaching medals,15 of them Olympic golds (2004), stretches back to 1972, unbroken except in 1984 when his country boycotted the Olympic Games.

Grobler was born in the eastern zone of Germany in 1947. His apprenticeship took place in Dresden under Hans Echstein, and his crew won a national championship during his time there. He became sculling coach at Magdeburg in 1970 and his first Olympic medal, a bronze, came in 1972. He was chief coach for GDR women from 1980-90, coach at Leander in 1991 and has been chief coach of Britain's men from 1992.
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