Crates, Danny (Part 4 of 4). An Oral History of British Athletics.
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Interviewee's home, Essex
Crates, Danny, 1973- (speaker, male)
Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)
Part 4: Description-life as an "athletics widow" for fiancée Victoria. Story - promised to marry after Olympics. Anecdote - the Press. Story - how they met, together five years. Comments - relationship with women after lost limb, remarks on general behaviour after accident. Discussion - problem of boredom, replaced by almost too much athletics. Describes - problems with athletics career - training, coach, agent, feels isolated. [08:05] Description - childhood. Role of sport. Story - how parents met, both from Upminster. Story - Dad in Merchant Navy, then lorry driver. Grandfathers - important, both sporty, died when he was young. Further description of Secondary School Gabelaw - good for sports, good sports teachers. Story - school life, put up with it, sociable character. Comments - friendships, important but cant see them now an athlete, social life non-existent. Looks forward to life after athletics - back to "real life", but wants to do this now. Description - hopes for future, plans gold for Beijing, worried about Chinese athletes and the growing success of African athletes. Nothing more exciting than running for UK in 2012 - be there in some capacity. Runners "We always move the goal posts" - anecdote opening magnum of Champagne after victory in Athens - invited important figures from early rehabilitation days.
Interviewed for the British Library project 'An Oral History of British Athletics'.