The world according to… Steve Redgrave – 26 Apr 2007

Sir Steve Redgrave, five times Olympic gold medallist

How many holidays do you take a year?

Two or three. We are a keen skiing family and we try to get a couple of weeks on the slopes whenever we can, as well as a summer beach holiday.

Do you book online or with a travel agent?

Both, although we probably do more online. We booked a two-week sailing package to Greece online last year. My agent used to work at a travel agency and she books my business flights for me, and often suggests holiday destinations.

What was your best holiday?

Any skiing holiday – we all love the physical element of it and the fact that we are out all day.

Where would you still like to go?

New Zealand and anywhere in South America. Rowing is New Zealand’s third biggest sport, and the Rowing World Championships are taking place there in 2010, so I’ll get to go.

I’m going with the BBC to the Olympic Games next year in Beijing. We plan to go as a family and tag some holiday on to the trip.

Typical day on holiday?

My wife and two daughters love to soak up the sun. I like the idea of it, but get bored after a day. My son gets bored even quicker, so I try to find a bit of activity.

Best holiday companion?

My wife, Ann. Despite running her own business, she also manages the day-to-day family life because I’m away so much. We get to catch up and spend quality time together on holiday.

Worst holiday experience?

Camping in France with a former girlfriend in the early 1980s. I left some bits of the tent on the train, so we couldn’t put it up.

We missed our train back because the timetable had changed that day so spent the night in the station, sharing cheese and wine we’d bought as presents with a bunch of Irish guys.

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