Helen Glover and Steve Backshall to welcome twins this summer

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor
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Helen Glover and Steve Backshall to welcome twins this summer

The Team GB athlete is pregnant with twins.

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover and TV presenter Steve Backshall will become first-time parents later this year – to twins.

Team GB rower Glover tweeted: “Soooo…The biggest adventure of our lives.. 2 little (chicks) of our own arriving this summer!!! @SteveBackshall.”

She shared a picture of herself posing against a sunset with her baby bump on show, and a snap of Backshall staring at two chicks.

Backshall shared the same two 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… @Helenglovergb.”

Glover, 31, and naturalist Backshall, 44, married in September 2016 after dating for around two years.

Glover and her rowing partner Heather Stanning won Britain’s first gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, and in Rio in 2016 they took gold again, becoming the first British female rowers to defend their Olympic crown.

A year ago, Backshall said he and Glover were not quite ready for a family so soon after their wedding.

The Deadly 60 presenter told Radio Times magazine in March last year that they were waiting “a few more months, possibly up to a year” before deciding whether to have children.