|Olympic medal record|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2004 Athens||Coxless Four|
James Cracknell, OBE (born 5 May 1972) is an English rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist. GB coxless pair of Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn at Henley Royal Regatta 2004 "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was an International Multi-sport event which was celebrated The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland GB coxless pair of Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn at Henley Royal Regatta 2004 The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games
James Cracknell began rowing whilst attending Kingston Grammar School and rowed at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, winning a gold medal in 1990. History The school's history is traceable into the Middle Ages, where there are references to schoolmasters like Gilbert de Southwell in 1272 described as "Rector Moving into the senior squad, Cracknell made numerous appearances in the World Rowing Championships; however, he did not win any medals prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics. The World Rowing Championships is an International rowing Regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International He qualified in the double scull for the 1996 Games, but fell ill and was unable to race. In 1997, he won a seat in the men's coxless fours, with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Tim Foster. Sir Stephen Geoffrey Redgrave CBE (born on 23 March, 1962, in Marlow) is a British Rower who won gold medals at five Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent CBE (born 10 October, 1970) is an English rowing champion four-time Olympic gold medallist Timothy "Tim" Foster (born 19 January 1970) is a British Rower. With this crew, he won the rowing World Championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 (with Ed Coode replacing the injured Foster), and finally the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Ed Coode MBE (born June 19, 1975 in Indian Queens, Cornwall) is a British rower, twice World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled Gold Fever. Gold Fever was the name of a BBC documentary shown in August 2000 which followed Steve Redgrave and his coxless four team in the years leading up to the This followed the coxless four team in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for gold.
With Redgrave having retired, Cracknell joined Pinsent in the coxless pairs, winning the World Championships in 2001, when they also won the coxed pairs, and 2002. However, in 2003 a disappointing season was capped by a failure to win the World Championships, and Pinsent and Cracknell were shifted into the coxless four, with Steve Williams and originally Alex Partridge, with Ed Coode replacing the injured Partridge for the 2004 Summer Olympics. |}}} Stephen ('Steve' David Williams MBE (born 15 April 1976 in Leamington Spa) is an English rower and double Olympic champion. Alex Partridge (born 25 January 1981 in San Francisco) is a British rower, and an Olympic silver medallist Education Partridge started rowing Ed Coode MBE (born June 19, 1975 in Indian Queens, Cornwall) is a British rower, twice World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was an International Multi-sport event which was celebrated This crew won the gold medal in Athens, beating world champions Canada by 0. 08s.
Cracknell is married to TV and radio presenter Beverley Turner; their son, Croyde, was born in 2004. Beverley Turner (born 21 October, 1973) is a British television and radio presenter
In the New Year Honours List published 31 December 2004 he was created an OBE for services to Sport. The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals' personal bravery achievement or service to the United Kingdom. Events 406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.
He came second the pairs division of the 2005–2006 Atlantic Rowing Race in "Spirit of EDF Energy", partnered by Ben Fogle. The Atlantic Rowing Race is a challenging Ocean rowing race from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, a distance of approximately 2550 nm Ben Fogle (born 3 November 1973 is an English Television presenter, Adventurer and former television Reality show participant Although they took first place in the line honours of the pairs event (overall, they were third to finish the race behind the two men's fours), the use of ballast water during the race resulted in the pair being moved to second position of the pairs event in accordance with the race rules.
They made landfall in Antigua at 07:13 GMT on 19 January 2006, a crossing time of 49 days, 19 hours and 8 minutes. Antigua (ænˈtiːgə an-TEE-gah) is an Island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region the main Events 1419 - Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. In February 2006, he announced his decision to retire from competitive rowing. Shortly after, Through Hell and High Water, a BBC/Twofour television programme of Cracknell and Fogle's experience of the Atlantic race, was aired. Through Hell and High Water was a BBC television programme produced by Twofour that aired in the United Kingdom on 13–17 February 2006 Twofour was founded 1988 and has grown to become one of the largest independent media groups in the UK employing over 330 people
On 4 March 2006 it was announced that his house had been broken into and his Olympic gold medals had been stolen, along with his wedding ring and a laptop computer containing 20,000 words of a new book and family photographs. Events 51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title Princeps iuventutis (head of the youth Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  The gold medals have since been recovered.
He ran the London Marathon on 23 April 2006, in a time of 3 hours, finishing over an hour ahead of his rowing team mate Matthew Pinsent.
He is to be the special guest at The WiG GiG which aims to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He now presents sport on ITV and Channel 4. Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began He covered The Boat Race 2007 with Mark Durden Smith for ITV and is the presenter of ITV's coverage of the British Superbike Championship. He is also the main presenter of Channel 4's Red Bull Air Race World Series coverage. The Red Bull Air Race World Series, established in 2003 and created by Red Bull, is an international series of air races in which competitors have to navigate a challenging
From 27 February 2008 James Cracknell covered over 1,400 miles from the UK to Africa in 10 days, rowing, cycling and swimming. He rowed from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France, then cycled to Tarifa, Spain, and finally swam across the Straits of Gibraltar from Tarifa to Punta Cires, Morocco. Dover is a town and major ferry port in the county of Kent, England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Cape_Gris_Nez_FranceJPG|thumb|300px|Cape Gris Nez]] Cap Gris Nez ("Grey Nose Cape" in English is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Tarifa is a small town on the southernmost coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The Strait of Gibraltar ( Arabic: مضيق جبل طارق Spanish: Estrecho de Gibraltar) is the Strait that connects the Atlantic Morocco (المغرب "al-Maghrib" officially the Kingdom of Morocco (المملكة المغربية is a country located in North Africa He asked the comedian David Walliams to join him for the final part of his journey because of his previous experience in swimming the English Channel. David Walliams (born David Williams, August 20, 1971) is an English Comedian and Actor, best known for his partnership  The money raised by the challenge goes towards the BBC's Sport Relief charity, with highlights of the action broadcast on March 14th.
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Olympic gold medalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 5, 1972|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||England|
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