Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Cracknell wife tells of admiration

Beverley Turner kissing James Cracknell on the shores of Morocco after his swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from in aid of Sport Relief with David Walliams.
Beverley Turner kissing James Cracknell on the shores of Morocco after his swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from in aid of Sport Relief with David Walliams.

Beverley Turner says she has "grown to admire" some of the changes in her husband James Cracknell's personality after his life was transformed in a road accident.

She said the man she married "did disappear" after he was hit by the wing mirror of a lorry while cycling across America in July 2010.

Speaking on an ITV4 documentary tomorrow, Cracknell said the injury left him with epilepsy and he ha s lost feelings like empathy and motivation.

He said he wanted his old personality to return so his wife can say, 'You're back'.

The former Olympic rower said: " After a brain injury you react differently to situations - my kids had one dad for six years and a different one for the last three."

Turner said she was trying to stay positive, adding: "T here are elements that I have grown to admire about who he is now that I probably wouldn't have done if the accident hadn't have happened. There was a lot about the old James that I wasn't very keen on, to be honest."

:: James Cracknell: Sports Life Stories is on ITV4 at 10pm tomorrow.

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