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Cracknell tells of injury aftermath

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has revealed that he cannot be alone with his children following the cycling accident that nearly killed him.

Cracknell, 38, almost died when he was struck from behind by the wing mirror of a truck during an endurance race last July.

His wife was told to say goodbye to the father-of-two, whose skull was broken in two places and who had bleeding all around the brain.

Cracknell, father to seven-year-old son Croyde and two-year-old Kiki, has been advised not to be alone with his children in case he mistakenly leaves something dangerous lying around because of his forgetfulness as a result of the accident.

The double Olympic rowing gold medallist, who is married to TV presenter Beverley Turner, said: "I feel a bit useless. I can't help out."

He said: "I regret that the injury has had such an impact on everyone. Bev and I talk about nothing else, which takes the fun out of our relationship. That must be hard for her."

Turner found out that she was pregnant with the couple's third child, who is due in the next few weeks, while Cracknell was in hospital in the United States.

Her husband is not allowed to drive, takes a long time to do simple tasks and gets annoyed easily with the children because of the accident.

He said of the driver who caused the collision in Arizona, US, in July last year: "I'm grateful that he stopped, but I really wish he hadn't hit me in the first place."

The adventurer became convinced that the nurse monitoring him in hospital in the aftermath of the accident was sports broadcaster Gary Lineker, and tried to interview her, telling the Radio Times: "I can't imagine what questions I was asking her."


From Belfast Telegraph