Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s James Cracknell Life Story Interview….
James Cracknell is the Olympic, Gold winning champion.
James Cracknell, OBE (born 5 May 1972) is a British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist, adventurer and Conservative Party politician.
Cracknell is married to TV and radio presenter Beverley Turner; they have three children. In the 2004 New Year Honours List he was appointed OBE for services to sport. He is also a trained geography teacher, as stated in an episode of BBC comedy quiz School’s Out.
Hear him talk to Belfield about his life and career.
James is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship titles.
His epic rowing finals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 were two of the most watched sporting contests in history but it is since retiring from his 13 year international career that James has distinguished himself as a very special and inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer.
James had first teamed up with Ben in 2005 when they set off in a 7m boat to race across The Atlantic. Despite their ocean-rowing inexperience, the pair were first to arrive in Antigua after 49 torturous days at sea, On their return, James and Ben wrote the critically acclaimed
The Crossing and the BBC transmitted RTS award-winning documentary series Through Hell and High Water. Having raised funds for Children in Need during the race, James was asked by the BBC to set out on a journey in which he rowed The English 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 raise £340,000 for Sport Relief.
James has also managed to fit in a whole host of other physical feats: the inaugural Deloitte Ride Across Britain, The London to Paris bike ride (2008) The New Zealand Coast to Coast race (2007), The Mark Webber Challenge (2006), setting a new world record for paddling The Channel on a surf-board (2005) and he is qualified to represent Great Britain in Triathlon competing at the 2009 European Championships.
Recorded 2011 by Alex Belfield for the BBC and Celebrity Radio.