James Cracknell Bio
James Edward Cracknell, OBE is a British athlete, rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist. Married to TV and radio presenter Beverley Turner, he and his wife have three children.Cracknell was appointed OBE for “services to sport” in the 2005 New Year Honours List.
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James Cracknell Age
He is 47 years old.
James Cracknell Biography
Rower James Cracknell & estranged wife Beverley Turner to divorce tomorrow https://t.co/06rl9JbZQe
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Cracknell began rowing whilst attending the independent Kingston Grammar School and rowed at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, winning a gold medal in 1990. He graduated from the University of Reading as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Geography in 1993, followed by a PGCE at the Institute of Education and a Master of Science (MSc) from Brunel University in 1999. 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. He qualified in the double scull for the 1996 Games, but fell ill with tonsillitis 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. With this crew, he won the World Rowing Championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 (with Ed Coode replacing the injured Foster), and finally the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled Gold Fever. This followed the coxless four team in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in their quest for gold.
James Cracknell Presenting and journalism
Cracknell has presented sport on ITV and Channel 4. 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. He is a contracted columnist with The Daily Telegraph writing about various topics including sport, motoring, gardening, cookery and others.
James Cracknell Politics
A prominent supporter of the NOtoAV campaign in 2011 Alternative Vote referendum, Cracknell was announced, on 2 June 2013, as a Conservative Party candidate for South West England and Gibraltar in European Parliament election of 2014, but despite being placed third on the Conservative party list was not elected.
James Cracknell Cycling accident, helmet advocacy
On 20 July 2010, Cracknell suffered a hit from behind by a petrol tanker whilst cycling during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York within 18 days. The accident happened at around 5.30am on a quiet stretch of road outside Winslow, Arizona. He has attributed his survival to the fact he was wearing a cycle helmet at the time, which was “shorn in two”. In the crash he suffered a contrecoup injury to the frontal lobes of his brain. In 2012 Cracknell and his wife wrote Touching Distance about his life before and after his brain injury, which has left him with epilepsy and a changed personality, including a short temper. Since the accident he has been conspicuous in advocating the use of bicycle helmets.
James Cracknell Wife, Beverley Turner
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In 2002, Cracknell married TV presenter Beverley Turner, with whom he lives in Chiswick. The couple have three children – a son, Croyde (born October 2003), and two daughters, Kiki (born March 2009) and Trixie (born April 2011). They announced their separation on 29 March 2019.
Olympic champion James Cracknell is being comforted after his divorce by a Cambridge University finance student from the US who is part of the ‘cougars’ cheerleading team, MailOnline can reveal.
James Cracknell Girlfriend, Relationship
Jordan Connell, who is in her early 30s, has struck up a close friendship with the rowing hero during their time studying at Cambridge.
Cracknell, 47, who this week ended his 17-year marriage to TV host Beverley Turner, has been seen several times with young blonde at the Henley Royal Regatta.
The father-of-three beamed as Ms. Connell was seen in one photo with her hand gently placed on his stomach as the pair posed with friends.
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Fast Facts You Need to Know
- James Cracknell, 47, has been getting close to Cambridge University finance student Jordan Connell
- Jordan, in her 30s, has been pictured with the rower this week twice at the Henley Royal Regatta
- From the US, Jordan is a member of the university ‘Cougars’ cheerleading team
- A source told MailOnline of the blossoming friendship: ‘They have become very close since his marriage break-up’
- The athlete announced the end of his 17-year marriage to TV host Beverley Turner, mother of his three children, in April, with their divorce this week