James Cracknell

Olympic champion and six times world champion

James Cracknell

If you looked in an illustrated dictionary under ‘extraordinary rowing athletes’ you should expect to see a photo of Olympic speaker James Cracknell OBE, an Olympic gold medal winner – twice – and a world champion no fewer than six times.

As part of a coxless four team, James won his Olympic medals in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. His World Championships gold medals came in the coxless four in 1997, 1998 and 1999, the coxed pair in 2001 and the coxless pair in 2001 and 2002.

However, James is far more than just an incredible Olympian and sportsperson. He is also well-known for pitching his skills against the elements, challenging his endurance capabilities against the odds, whether swimming, cycling or running and – of course – rowing.

Not only has this enthralling Olympic speaker broken the recording in crossing the USA from Los Angeles to New York but he has also taken part in – and completed – what is called The Coldest Race on Earth aka the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This is a gruelling 430-mile journey up the frozen Yukon river in Canada, which James made on a mountain bike.

In between these two events, the Olympic speaker was involved in a serious accident, in which he collided with a truck and suffered a brain injury that affected his personality. He has also completed six back-to-back marathons across the Sahara Desert, rowed across the Atlantic and done the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race.

As well as having his escapades turned into television programmes (including Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert, with Ben Fogle), James Cracknell has been the subject of such books as The Crossing and Race to the Pole.

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