Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country.    One had never stepped in a rowing boat until 2008, the other will return to serve in the Royal Artillery in September. But Glover and Stanning will now go down in the record books as the first homegrown gold

Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country. One had never stepped in a rowing boat until 2008, the other will return to serve in the Royal Artillery in September. But Glover and Stanning will now go down in the record books as the first homegrown gold

(L-R) Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the medal ceremony after the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. Australia won silver and New Zealand won bronze. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

(L-R) Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the medal ceremony after the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. Australia won silver and New Zealand won bronze. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

Today's Olympic picture of the day. Picture editor Jessica Mann says: "It has to be the excitment and the elation of Helen Glover, left, and Heather Stanning, who were the first to win a Gold Medal for Great Britain today at Eton Dorney Lake. Here they are on the platform receiving their medal."

Today's Olympic picture of the day. Picture editor Jessica Mann says: "It has to be the excitment and the elation of Helen Glover, left, and Heather Stanning, who were the first to win a Gold Medal for Great Britain today at Eton Dorney Lake. Here they are on the platform receiving their medal."

Helen Glover, British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team and now after retaining her world title in 2015, she is ranked #1 female rower in the world. AND Steve Backshall - wildlife presenter, adventurer, climber, 'a really cool guy' and now on the TVprgm 'Deadly 60'

Helen Glover, British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team and now after retaining her world title in 2015, she is ranked #1 female rower in the world. AND Steve Backshall - wildlife presenter, adventurer, climber, 'a really cool guy' and now on the TVprgm 'Deadly 60'

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate their win after clinching the women's rowing final on Aug. 1, 2012

Olympics 2012: Best photos from the London games

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate their win after clinching the women's rowing final on Aug. 1, 2012

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate after winning gold in the women's pair final rowing event on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, August 1. Check out Day 4 of competition from Tuesday. The Games run through August 12. See all the action as it unfolds here.

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate after winning gold in the women's pair final rowing event on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, August 1. Check out Day 4 of competition from Tuesday. The Games run through August 12. See all the action as it unfolds here.

RIBI (Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland) used the updated Rotary logo in their END POLIO NOW ad featuring Olympic and World Champion Helen Glover. Visit them here: http://endpolionow.org.uk

RIBI (Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland) used the updated Rotary logo in their END POLIO NOW ad featuring Olympic and World Champion Helen Glover. Visit them here: http://endpolionow.org.uk

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on their way to a new Olympic Best  The pair won their heat in 6:57.29 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on 28 July.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on their way to a new Olympic Best The pair won their heat in 6:57.29 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on 28 July.

Rowing gold for Team GB  Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the women's Pair final on Day 5 of the Games at Eton Dorney.

Rowing gold for Team GB Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the women's Pair final on Day 5 of the Games at Eton Dorney.

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