Aberdeen Olympic champion Katherine Grainger today targeted medalling at a fifth straight games after being confirmed for Rio.
The 40-year-old will compete in the women’s double scull in Brazil, with Vicky Thornley, having failed in a late attempt to earn a place in the eight.
Grainger was not in the initial 43 British rowers confirmed for the Olympics last month.
With a gold medal from London 2012 and silvers at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.
She said: “It is an amazing feeling to be selected to represent your country at the Olympic Games.
“That feeling doesn’t diminish the second, third, fourth or even fifth time.
“I am proud to have been selected into the women’s double with Vicky and look forward with confidence to the next few weeks of training camps.
“We can make huge strides towards our goal of competing for a medal in Rio.
“Vicky and myself both want a medal and we haven’t lowered our sights.”
Grainger, who won gold in the double in London with Anna Watkins, returned to action in September 2014 following a two-year sabbatical.
She was paired with Thornley and the duo won European bronze, then finished sixth at the World Championships to qualify the boat for Rio.
This season the crew have reached the final of both the European Championships and the most recent World Cup in Poznan, Poland.
Yet their failure to make the podium at the European Championships in May saw the duo focus their attention on breaking into the Olympic eight team. After trials the eight route to Rio slammed shut.
Grainger insisted she never gave up hope of making the British team for this summer’s games. She said: “It’s not been the smoothest or most direct route but it’s a relief that we’re there.
“There have been days when I couldn’t necessarily see a way forward and times when I couldn’t see the path but I never stopped believing I could get there.”
The six-time world champion and Thornley finished fifth at the World Cup in Poznan last weekend with the renewed partnership.
There are less than 50 days until the double sculls final in Rio and Grainger accepts they are up against the clock in the bid for gold.
“There’s not a lot of time left and there’s nothing like Rio getting closer to sharpen the minds,” she said.
“There’s a freshness and excitement because we can now concentrate on getting in the boat and trying to make it go faster.”
Thornley raced in the women’s eight in London on her debut Games, finishing fifth in the final.
She was also a world bronze medallist in the eight in 2011 and a European bronze medallist, with Grainger, in the double scull in 2015.
Thornley said: “I am very proud to be selected for Rio 2016 in the double with Katherine.
“I am really looking forward to putting the next building blocks in place.
“Racing with the Union Flag on my chest at my second Olympic Games will be very special and I can’t wait.”