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Olympic rower Greg Searle chats extensively about his career and his new book 'If Not Now, When?'.

Last Updated: 22/02/13 at 18:02

From Barcelona to London - and beyond: Greg Searle tells his story

Olympic rower Greg Searle talks about his career in-depth and his new book If Not Now, When? on this week's Sporting Chapters.

The 40-year-old rewinds the clock to 1992 when he won gold in the Coxed pairs alongside his brother Jonny and cox Garry Herbert at the Barcelona Olympics.

He also discusses how competing at the next two Olympics, in Atlanta and Sydney, could never quite live up to his first Games and he explains why he joined the British America's Cup team after the Sydney Olympics.

Greg also chats about his decision to pass up the opportunity to race with Sir Steve Redgrave in 2000 and what it felt like to miss out on Gold, plus the reasoning behind his determination to return to rowing at the age of 38 to compete in the 2012 London games.

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