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Team GB rowing star Helen Glover pregnant with twins

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Image caption Glover made the announcement by posting a photo of her silhouetted against a lake

Double Olympic champion Helen Glover has announced she is expecting twins.

The Team GB rower, who is herself a twin, shared a photo of herself posing against a sunset with her baby bump showing.

Glover, who is married to TV wildlife expert Steve Backshall, said the new arrivals would be "the biggest adventure" of the couple's lives.

"It will be a big change but such an exciting one," said the gold medallist, who is due to give birth in July.

"It's something we've wanted together for ages, and we are both really happy - Steve is absolutely beside himself."

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Glover made the announcement via Twitter.

Backshall shared the same images on Twitter, and wrote: "On the boat with my three favourite people; seems this summer we'll have some little ones of our own."

The pair, who married in September 2016, found out about the pregnancy before Christmas but had been away filming since then.

Last March, Backshall told reporters he and Glover, who live in Buckinghamshire, were not quite ready for a family so soon after their wedding.

The presenter told Radio Times magazine they were waiting "a few more months, possibly up to a year" before deciding whether to have children.

Glover and her rowing partner Heather Stanning won Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics in London.

She took part in a victory parade in her home town of Penzance after the win and a Royal Mail postbox was painted gold in the town in honour of her winning performance.

The pair took gold again in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, becoming the first British female rowers to defend their Olympic title.

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Image caption Helen Glover and rowing partner Heather Stanning won Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics
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Image caption Steve Backshall travelled to Rio to see his fiancee Helen Glover compete in the Olympics

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