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James Cracknell


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£10,000 - £25,000

Type of Entertainment
Presenter & Host - Sport / Speaker - Motivational - Sporting

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Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Launch Events

James Cracknell is a rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist.

In 1990 James won a gold medal in the coxless four at the Junior World Championships at Alguebelette, France. Seven years later he returned to the same lake in the senior coxless four and became World Champion. He has continued to confirm his place amongst the best rowers in the world by repeating this performance at the 1998 and 1999 World Championships. This was cemented in Sydney by winning the Olympic Games in 2000.

James began rowing at Kingston Grammar School and made his international debut in 1989 in the coxed pair which finished tenth in the Junior World Championships. In 1991 James won a place in the senior team and went to the World Championships in the coxless four which finished seventh. He was selected in the British student eight that went to the 1993 World Student Games. They won the silver medal and formed the basis for the senior eight that went on to the World Championships in Prague and finished sixth. In 1994 he stroked the British eight at the Worlds and finished in eighth place.

James decided to switch from sweep rowing to sculling in 1995 and gained selection in the double scull which finished tenth at the World Championships in Finland, thus securing a pre-qualified place for the Atlanta Olympics. In spite of a slightly unsettled build-up, the double were looking forward to the Olympics but disaster struck on their arrival in Atlanta when James was brought down by a virus, which put him out of the boat. After such a catastrophe it is testament to James’ will to succeed that he was able to pick himself up and prove himself as a vital member of the coxless four in their domination of the event in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

James is a qualified Geography teacher and has completed an MSC in Sports Science. He is currently studying Law at the London College of Law.

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