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James Cracknell - Motivational Speaker
Sport and Sporting Speakers, Olympic Speakers, Adventurers and Explorers, Motivational Speakers
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James Cracknell is one of Britain's most successful athletes with two rowing Olympic Gold medals and six World Championships to his name. Both his Olympic finals were epic contests performed under enormous pressure with hard fought victories won by the smallest of margins.
Since retiring from International competition James has been far from idle and in 2005, he took on the mighty challenge of rowing across the Atlantic with TV presenter Ben Fogle all filmed for the BBC documentary Through Hell and High Water. Applying the same determination, competitiveness and stubborn streak that James showed during Olympic preparations, Ben Fogle and James Cracknell were the first boat to arrive in the Caribbean despite there only being one professional rower on board. In March 2008, James achieved another giant feat, this time on his own, when he successfully completed his Cross Continent Challenge in aid of Sport Relief. Over seven days he travelled to Africa from the UK under his own steam -rowing the channel, cycling through France and Spain and finally swimming the Strait of Gibraltar, accompanied by David Walliams and four pilot whales.
Not just content with extreme challenges James Cracknell has also found a natural home in front of the camera. James currently presents Ch4's coverage of the British Superbikes and has recently filmed Rough Guide - Extreme for Channel 5. As ITV Sport's all-action reporter he has covered the Superbowl in the US, the Rugby 7s in Hong Kong and The Boat Race. Last year saw him traveling the globe hosting the massively popular Red Bull Air Races CH4 and this year he co presented the Red Bull Flugtag in Hyde Park. James currently writes for The Telegraph as one of their staff writers. He has covered a whole raft of subjects, from the fashion in Milan to the surfing in Hawaii via a motorbike trip across Russia.
In December 2008 James Cracknell once again teamed up with Ben Fogle to take part in the Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race. Together with a third team member, Ed Coats, they raced against 5 other teams, in a bid to reach the South Pole first. The trip was followed closely by the Daily Telegraph and BBC Breakfast and was filmed for a primetime BBC documentary series, which is to air later on in 2009.
James' talk has changed over the years, his story has evolved from one of teamwork, motivation and fantastic Olympic success to now include an incredible and inspirational story of overcoming adversity, his amazing will power and strength of mind to survive, following a horrific road accident that left him fighting for his life. In 2010 whilst attempting a 16 day crossing of the US by cycling, running, rowing and swimming, James was hit from behind by a truck. His skull was fractured in a near-death experience whilst taking part in a cycling challenge across the USA. James has made a remarkable recovery.
James has released two books - in 2006; James Cracknell's No Gym Health Plan and The Crossing- Conquering the world's toughest rowing race (co-authored with Ben Fogle).
James Cracknell is an experienced and entertaining corporate speaker and awards host. He is an ambassador for Red Bull & Adidas and recently featured in a Vaseline for Men advertising campaign.
James is married and has two young children.
Brilliant - thank you James RBS
Excellent talk, we are now all motivated to face the future Barclays
Amazing speach, we are all still talking about you, thank you. L & G
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James Cracknell - Keynote speaker at Lessons from Sporting Excellence, April 2012
James Cracknell, the double Olympic gold medallist, was the headline speaker for this extraordinary event. James' talk has changed over the years I have seen him speak, his story has evolved from one of teamwork, motivation and fantastic Olympic success to now include an incredible and inspirational story of overcoming adversity, his amazing will power and strength of mind to survive, following a horrific road accident that left him fighting for his life.
Whilst attempting a 16 day crossing of the US by cycling, running, rowing and swimming, James was hit from behind by a truck. His skull was fractured in a near-death experience whilst taking part in a cycling challenge across the USA.
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