With two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championship titles to his name, James Cracknell is one of the most successful British athletes of the new millennium. His epic rowing finals in the Olympics of 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) were amongst the most watched sporting contests in history.
Since retiring from his international career as an athlete, which spanned 13 years, James has continued to distinguish himself as an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer. He is also in demand as a Corporate, Motivational and After-Dinner Speaker, as well as a TV presenter and newspaper columnist.
TV work includes presenting the Beijing 2008 Olympics for ITV's News at Ten, Channel 4's Red Bull Air Race and ITV1's British Superbikes. He has regularly worked with Channel Five's sports team, covering Olympic Rowing and Men’s Triathlon, amongst other athletic events. Other TV work includes Discovery Channel's World's Toughest Expeditions, in which James pushed himself to the limit of endurance, inspired by personal heroes who have achieved greatness in the face of overwhelming odds. Prior to this, he took part in The Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race with Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats, which was broadcast by the BBC in a six-part, one hour series entitled On Thin Ice. The series was hugely popular and led to a self-penned book of the journey, Race to the Pole, published by MacMillan. As well as writing books, James is also a regular sports reporter for the Daily Telegraph.
Charity work has always been an important aspect of James' life. In order to raise funds for Sport Relief, James went out on a journey in which he rowed the Channel, cycled through France and Spain and finally swam the Strait of Gibraltar, accompanied by comedian David Walliams. It took him a mere ten days to cover just under 1500 miles, and more importantly he raised £340,000 for the charity.
James is also Vice President of the charity Headway, which was set-up to give help and support to people affected by brain injuries. This is a charity that is particularly close to James as he has first-hand experience of the traumatic effect of brain injuries and the long road to recovery. On 20th July 2010, he was hit in the back of the head by a petrol tanker during a cycling event, resulting in a life-changing brain injury. In 2012, James and his wife, Beverley Turner - a TV and radio presenter - wrote Touching Distance about his life before and after his brain injury. His remarkable recovery is a testament to determination and a driven spirit, exemplified by the fact that he ran the 2012 London Marathon in just under three hours, making him one of the fastest celebrities.
James gained an OBE for services to sport in the 2004 New Year Honours List.
James is available as a Motivational Speaker and Awards Host, as well as for Personal Appearances. To book him, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222.
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