We get the easy laughs out of the way first. The announcement that he will row for Cambridge in next month’s Boat Race only happened the day before but the theme surrounding it is well-worn already: James Cracknell is really, really old and the rest of his crew-mates are not. ‘One of the guys in the squad is a qualified doctor,’ says Cracknell. ‘And I’m older than his dad.’ Next, he smiles about the evening last term when he watched a documentary about the rock band, Nirvana, and its lead singer Kurt Cobain. The following day, he mentioned he had seen the band in concert when he was an undergraduate at Reading University in the 1990s. The other rowers met his boast with blank stares. Cracknell did some maths. ‘Turns out Cobain was dead before any of them were born,’ he says. Then there were the occasions he turned up for training wearing old kit from his early days as an international rower. He had a couple of vests given to him by rivals from Czechoslovakia and East Germany, countries that had ceased to exist before the other occupants of the Light Blue boat had come into the world. ‘Once,’… Read full this story
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