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James Cracknell

James Cracknell

Former Olympic athlete & adventurer

After a long and successful athletic career, Olympic gold medal winner James Cracknell OBE teamed up with Ben Fogle for a series of adventures. As a speaker, he draws on his varied experiences to entertain and captivate audiences.

One of Britain’s greatest ever oarsmen, with two Olympic gold medals, six World Championship titles, James Cracknell OBE is an inspiring sportsman and adventurer.

Having retired from competitive rowing in 2006, James completed The Race Across the Atlantic with his friend Ben Fogle, an experience which was documented in the BBC/TwoFour television programme ‘Through Hell and High Water.’ James and Ben Fogle also wrote a book about the race, titled ‘The Crossing: Conquering the Atlantic in the World’s Toughest Rowing Race.’

Two years later, in 2008, James once more paired up with Ben Fogle, this time alongside Dr Ed Coats, in order to take part in the gruelling Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race, which they successfully completed. This adventure was also broadcast on the BBC in five one-hour, prime-time Sunday night programmes titled ‘On Thin Ice.’ James wrote about this experience in his book ‘Race to the Pole.’

In 2010, James attempted to cross America by cycling, running, rowing and swimming from Los Angeles to New York in record time. During this trip, he suffered a near-fatal accident when he was struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery period, James went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth. These adventures were transmitted as ‘Unstoppable: The James Cracknell Trilogy’ on Discovery. Following this, in 2012, James fronted a series for Discovery: ‘World’s Toughest Expeditions,’ which saw James push himself to the limits of endurance by attempting to complete the four greatest adventures of our time, following in the footsteps of Livingstone, Fawcett, the Gold Rush Pioneers and the crew of the Dundonald.

The next year, in 2013, James once again paired up with Ben Fogle BBC documentary Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert.

2015 saw James launch a partnership with JML as the ambassador for Nutriblitzer and Awesome Gym, as well as continuing to face campaigns for Karrimor and Biosynergy. Alongside this, James also starred in ITV’s new sports-science programme ‘Eternal Glory’ in which he competed against other athletes and sports stars, showcasing his outstanding mental and physical dedication by making it to the final of the competition.

James is the BBC’s commentator for rowing, and will be involved in the coverage for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

James is an entertaining and motivational after-dinner speaker, drawing on his different experiences throughout his varied career and personal life.

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