It’s been a rough road for James Cracknell since his July 2010 accident which has left him unable to be left alone with his two children – Croyde, 7, and Kiki, 2.
The Olympic rower/TV star, who was knocked off his bike by a truck while filming a show for the Discovery channel, has opened up about the impact that his injuries – including a fractured skull, bleeding and swelling on the brain – have had on his life and his relationship with wife Beverly Turner.
Since the devastating incident, James now suffers from issues with his concentration, memory and controlling his temper.
“I feel a bit useless. I can’t help out,” says the 38-year-old gold medalist, who has been advised not to be alone with his children, in case he should accidentally put them in danger.
James and his wife, who are currently expecting their third child, have also seen the affects of his accident on their relationship.
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. It must be so hard for her.
“I would say that if we didn’t have kids we would have broken up,” admits James. “Aside from the fact that Bev is upset by the changes she sees in me, which I can’t see in myself, my condition is constantly on our minds.”
“You can never get away from it, and that’s been really hard.”