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Advertisement Cracknell won gold medals for rowing at the Olympic Games of and , so he was — and indeed still is — one hell of an oarsman.
Like the cavalry charger responding to the whiff of cordite, the fascination of sinking your ego and your ambitions into a crew and moving a boat at speed across the water becomes irresistible.
He wants to lay down a serious academic qualification so that he can help the NHS in the best possible way. We can change our attitude to diet as we changed our attitude to smoking.
He has a 2 hour 43 minute London marathon on his CV, and his knowledge of the complex mix of ingredients that makes a boat work has never left him. The crew has people from Poland, Australia, the United States and Britain: we all began with slightly different techniques and the challenge was to work together.
They are missing out on the social side of being at university, having to get up very early to train. I have kids; early mornings are no shock to me.
Harder, perhaps, was the mental side of the challenge. The sport has evolved, so I had to change with it.
He is relishing the deep experience of belonging that comes from being part of a team — and a boat crew is more than most teams: its eight members, plus the cox, must seek to become one in a sense that you never find in any ball game.
And for me, I know that what I will always remember will be waking up on race day, thinking of the crew, knowing that their dreams are in your hands — and your dream is in theirs.
Cracknell has taken on two great youthful pursuits in maturity: to race, give all and win if you can, and also to set about making the world a better place.