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Keep dancing: James Cracknell discussed his training prior to the first Strictly Come Dancing live show on Saturday, during a performance in Wednesday's This Morning episode

He is an iconic Olympic gold medal winning rower who hopes to triumph in the ballroom.

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And James Cracknell discussed his debilitating training regime prior to the first Strictly Come Dancing live show on Saturday, during an appearance in Wednesday's episode this morning.

The 47-year-old sportsman, who is a partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained a mammoth for ten hours a day.

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Keep dancing: James Cracknell discussed his training prior to the first Strictly Come Dancing live show on Saturday, during a performance in Wednesday's This Morning episode

Keep dancing: James Cracknell discussed his training prior to the first Strictly Come Dancing live show on Saturday, during a performance in Wednesday's This Morning episode

Ballroom sensation: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

Ballroom sensation: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

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Ballroom sensation: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

James said: & # 39; You've done it for so many hours, but you just can't put any more information in your head … In my dreams I hear: & # 39; Posture, shoulders, elbows, rhythm. & # 39; & # 39;

And about how he did it during rehearsals, Luba added: & We are putting in the hours and so far he's doing well … I'm going to do my best. & # 39;

To which James added: & # 39; You've done it for so long, but you just can't put any more information in your head … In my dreams I hear: & # 39; Posture, shoulders, elbows, rhythm. & # 39;

The star discussed his motivation to take on the Strictly challenge and said: & I think it was an athlete in the past, you know what you are good at and you just stick to it. You show no weakness.

Hard work: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

Hard work: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

Hard work: the 47-year-old sportsman, partner of the Russian ballroom sensation Luba Mushtuk, 29, revealed that the couple had trained for a mammoth ten hours a day

Ready? James said: & # 39; You've done it for so many hours, but you just can't put any more information in your head ... In my dreams I hear: & # 39; Posture, shoulders, elbows, rhythm. & # 39; & # 39;
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Ready? James said: & # 39; You've done it for so many hours, but you just can't put any more information in your head ... In my dreams I hear: & # 39; Posture, shoulders, elbows, rhythm. & # 39; & # 39;

Ready? James said: & # 39; You've done it for so many hours, but you just can't put any more information in your head … In my dreams I hear: & # 39; Posture, shoulders, elbows, rhythm. & # 39; & # 39;

& # 39; While actually doing something you're bad at and throwing yourself in is a totally new experience. I just got over the bar to let things go and really learn. I think we all limit ourselves, we are afraid to put ourselves out there. & # 39;

James said he had the support of his family and friends, but admitted that they had made jokes about his appearance in the show,

He said: & [They said] "We can't wait to look at you", more in a humiliating way. Sincerely! It is very supportive, but they say: "We will really enjoy it!"

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The star revealed that he hopes to continue to week three of the competition, because then his son Croyde will be 16 and have the minimum age to watch the show live.

James Connell's new girlfriend, Jordan Connell, is back from New York so that she too can join him in the studio.

He said: & # 39; While actually doing something you're bad at and throwing yourself in is a totally new experience. I just crossed that bar to let things go & # 39;

He said: & # 39; While actually doing something you're bad at and throwing yourself in is a totally new experience. I just crossed that bar to let things go & # 39;

He said: & # 39; While actually doing something you're bad at and throwing yourself in is a totally new experience. I just crossed that bar to let things go & # 39;

Indestructible: the couple also revealed that they will be dancing their tango on Spandau Ballet & # 39; s iconic hit Gold

Indestructible: the couple also revealed that they will be dancing their tango on Spandau Ballet & # 39; s iconic hit Gold

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Indestructible: the couple also revealed that they will be dancing their tango on Spandau Ballet & # 39; s iconic hit Gold

The couple also revealed that they will be dancing their tango to the iconic hit of Spandau Ballet & # 39; s gold.

Host Phillip Schofield then playfully admitted that Spandau Ballet band member Martin Kemp had told friend James & # 39; not to mess up the song & # 39 ;.

James laughed and added: & # 39; Yes … [you said that] in more polite language. Exactly. & # 39;

The hunk then frankly discussed the accident in 2010, sustaining a catastrophic brain injury while cycling through America on endurance.

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He was hit by the exterior mirror of a gasoline tanker that was running at speed.

Survivor: The hunk then frankly discussed the accident in 2010 in which he sustained a catastrophic brain injury while cycling through America on an endurance challenge

Survivor: The hunk then frankly discussed the accident in 2010 in which he sustained a catastrophic brain injury while cycling through America on an endurance challenge

Survivor: The hunk then frankly discussed the accident in 2010 in which he sustained a catastrophic brain injury while cycling through America on an endurance challenge

It caused his brain to strike forward and crush the frontal lobes – the part of the brain that controls personality. He was brought into an induced coma, and regained consciousness a few days later in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

James revealed: & # 39; From my eyes, the world was normal, but other people treated me differently. And then you feel, perhaps due to lack of knowledge, that they judge you. And actually doing something that you have never done before and is judged by people is very scary to put yourself in. & # 39;

In the accident that changed his personality, James said: & You have almost no social interaction anymore. It makes you think "Is this behavior me or is this the accident?"

Luba added: & # 39; Knowing his story and what he has achieved makes it extraordinary. & # 39;

Looking good: the couple enjoyed a short break from rehearsals to appear in the popular show

Looking good: the couple enjoyed a short break from rehearsals to appear in the popular show

Looking good: the couple enjoyed a short break from rehearsals to appear in the popular show

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