Great Britain's Katherine Grainger returns to rowing after two-year absence

Katherine Grainger attends the British Olympic Ball at The Dorchester on October 30, 2013
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British rower Katherine Grainger announces that she is returning to training ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger has returned to rowing for the first time in two years.

The 38-year-old, who won gold in the women's double sculls at London 2012, took a break to complete a PhD in homicide.

Now, the sportswoman has decided to return to training ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"There are going to be big challenges ahead in coming back after two years away," Grainger told BBC Sport. "But if I don't try, I'll always wonder 'what if?' and for me, that will be so much harder to live with."

Before London, Grainger won silver medals at the three previous Olympic Games.

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