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James Cracknell

British Olympic Gold Medalist and Adventurer

  • British athlete with 2 Olympic Gold Medals for rowing under his belt
  • Miraculous recovery from devastating accident that nearly left him dead
  • Inspiring message to never give up even in the face of the most daunting obstacles

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With 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship titles, James Cracknell is an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer.

In 2010, Cracknell took on America- racing to cycle, run, row and swim from LA to New York in record time. It was during this trip that Cracknell suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery period, Cracknell went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth. These stunning adventures transmitted as 'Unstoppable: The James Cracknell Trilogy' on Discovery.

Following this, Cracknell did a series for Discovery in 2012, ‘Worlds Toughest Expeditions’. The series sees Cracknell pushing himself to the limit of endurance. Cracknell has also successfully completed the grueling Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race with friend Ben Fogle and Dr. Ed Coats and The race across The Atlantic, again with Ben Fogle . Both journeys were aired on the BBC and were accompanied by the books, Race to the Pole (MacMillan) and The Crossing. 

Cracknell’s recent programming saw him and Fogle cross the Empty Quarter on camelback, which aired on the BBC in 2013, Fogle & Cracknell Versus the Arabian Desert. Cracknell is vice president of the Charity ‘Headway’ and has been appointed to lead policy exchange work on obesity and physical activity.

When not crossing oceans and continents, Cracknell is in demand as an entertaining corporate, motivational and after dinner speaker. Not to mention training for marathons, the Great North Run and many other races in the UK.

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