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Quiz championship rower James Cracknell

March 30th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

James Cracknell is a championship rower that has won two Olympic gold medals and climbed to the top of his sport.

Today, Cracknell is out with a 'trilogy' of programs that shows him performing and taking part in some of the world's toughest challenges.

In the first programme called "The Toughest Race on Earth", Cracknell runs the infamous marathon des Sables which is a six-day, 151 mile endurance race across the Sahara Desert.

The second programme starts with an attempt to cross the U.S. using only four sporting disciplines - cycling, running, rowing and swimming. He had to make his way from Los Angeles to New York in just 18 days. Unfortunately, just five days into the journey, Cracknell was struck with a near-fatal head injury.

Even though he almost lost his life, he continued on with the third programme which saw him take on the Yukon Arctic Ultra - cycling 430 miles across the frozen wilderness.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by this courageous man.

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jo

    How do you think your injury has affected your ability to perform and be part of these amazing races?

    March 31, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  2. mikey

    have you ever thought of giving up in the middle of one of your treks? how do you keep on going?

    March 31, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  3. Ryan

    When training for extreme endurance races, how do you prepare your mind to cope with the balance of maintaining mental focus whilst battling physical and emotional exhaustion?

    March 31, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  4. trainer

    what has been your fav place to 'race'?
    the desert, across the US or the arctic?

    March 31, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  5. dom

    have people ever just called you crazy because of everythingy ou do?

    March 31, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply
  6. Michael Swain

    From Bermuda Rowing – You are a role model for all of us and we use your fitness book for our winter training. Congratulations on your recovery – it shows that rowers never never never give up.
    You like endurance events – when are you swimming to Bermuda?
    Best of luck,

    April 1, 2011 at 2:26 am | Reply
  7. Ahmed F.Mustafa

    Two Questions:

    1- What is the greatest challenge you've ever had since the beginning of your athletic life? and how did you overcome it?

    2- Who does motivate you most?

    April 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  8. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello James Cracknell and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from James Cracknell on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve our World?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting James Cracknell’s replies.
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    April 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  9. Young sunny

    After having a fatal-head injury, why din't he found some discouragement?

    April 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  10. Young sunny

    After having a fatal-head injury,that almost cost him his life, why din't he found some discouragement in quitting the race?

    April 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  11. cd

    how did you overcome your injury to be able to return to such a demanding feat? how long did it take for you to be able to return to these races?

    April 13, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply

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