There have been so many highlights in each of your careers, is it possible to pinpoint any particular one as being the pinnacle?
SR: Sydney was probably the pinnacle, but that was more on a recognition basis. The first was the most special.
MP: Athens for me - it was obviously my only Games without Steve in the boat and as such important for me to prove I was more than just his sidekick. The nature of the season was important too - we were far from the dominant winning force that we had been and then to win by a few hundredths of a second was emotional, to put it mildly.
Having competed at the level you both have, would you consider yourselves ‘Tested Beyond Endurance’?
SR: The training and preparation that you have to do to be at the top of the sport of rowing is about power and endurance which we did for many years. So the answer to the question would be 'yes.'
MP: Maybe - I guess we came through.