James Cracknell: Olympic medals, height, wife, children, head injury and more facts

21 September 2018, 15:38 | Updated: 23 September 2018, 20:58

James Cracknell
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James Cracknell is one of Great Britain's finest ever athletes.

Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls was back on our screens this week, where 10 celebrities tackle the challenges of living on an uninhabited Pacific Island.

Among the celebrities to join the show in aid of Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer campaign is British Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell.

From wife and kids to rowing across the Atlantic, here is everything you need to know about the new islander.

  1. James Cracknell Olympic Gold medals: How many does he have?

    James Cracknell
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    James has two rowing Olympic Gold medals from the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

    Not only that, but he also has six Gold World Championship Medals under his belt, along with numerous other awards.

  2. James Cracknell head injury: What happened?

    On July 20 2010, Cracknell was hit from behind by a petrol tanker whilst cycling on a quiet road in Arizona.

    He has attributed his survival to the fact that he was wearing a helmet, noting that it was "shorn in two" after the collision. He suffered an injury to the frontal lobes of his brain, and the accident has left him with lasting epilepsy and a changed personality causing a short temper.

  3. James Cracknell wife and children: How big is his family?

    James Cracknell wife
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    James is married to TV and radio presenter Beverley Turner.

    The pair tied the knot in 2002, and live together in Chiswick with their son and two girls: Croyde, Kiki and Trixie.

  4. He rowed across the Atlantic and took on the South Pole with Ben Fogle

    Yes, you read right - Cracknell, along with fellow broadcaster Ben Fogle rowed across the Atlantic in aid of Children in Need.

    The pair completed the gruelling journey in 49 days, 19 hours and 8 minutes.

    In December 2008, James joined forces with Ben Fogle again and Dr Ed Coats to take part in the inaugural Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race. Their race to the pole covered 473.6 miles of icy terrain and the team suffered dramatic weight-loss, pneumonia, frostbite and infected blisters.

  5. James Cracknell height: How tall is he?

    James Cracknell
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    The rowing champion measures a whopping 6ft 4in. And he's in peak physical condition - don't you just hate him...

  6. Is he on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls?

    James Cracknell
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    No stranger to a physical challenge, James has embarked upon this year's series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

    He appears on the show alongside celebrities including Anthony Ogogo, Eric Roberts, Jo Wood, Martin Kemp, Montana Brown, Paris Lees, Pete Wicks, and Saleyha Ahsan.