King’s celebrates its Olympics heritage

With the Tokyo Olympics well underway, we were inspired to look back with pride at King’s Alumni success in the Olympics!

Olivia Whitlam (OKS 2003) 

Olivia rowed for Team GB in the Women’s pair at the 2008 Beijing games. The pair finished 6th, an exceptional performance after
qualifying the boat at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta just seven weeks before. Olivia was then chosen for the Women’s eight at the 2012 London Olympics and the team made it to the final and finished in 5th place. 


Tom James (OKS 2002) 

Tom represented GB as a junior rower whilst studying at King’s and stroked the GB eight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens at the age of 20. At the 2008 Olympics, Tom rowed in Team GB’s coxless four and won the gold medal in a dramatic final against Australia. His success continued at the 2012 games in which the coxless 4 won gold yet again!



Chris Bartley (OKS 2002)

Chris raced in the lightweight men’s four at the 2012 games and gained the silver medal after losing out to South Africa by less than a second.




James Fair (OKS 1999)

James made his international debut in hockey in 2005 and competed for England and Great Britain at numerous tournaments. He was selected as the reserve goalkeeper at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before starting every match as first choice goalkeeper at the 2012 games and finishing in 4th place. 



Simon Cottle (OKS 1992)

Simon rowed in the men’s fours at the 2004 Olympics and made it to the semi-final. 




Jim Walker (OKS 1986)

Jim’s international rowing career spanned 15 years and he competed in the Men’s eight at the 1992 games and again in 1996 captaining the team. 




Stephen Peel (OKS 1985)

Stephen was selected to row in the coxless fours at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and came fourth.




Arnold Cooke (OKS 1959)

Arnold competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and made it to the final of the men’s double sculls, finishing in 7th place.