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James believes he is a very lucky man.
Now as a 'mature' athlete he's in the frame for medals at London 2012.
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"I have never thought 'I shouldn't be doing this' I just sort of throw myself into things.
At least not yet.
They had better be good.
But after a series of operations and a warning from the surgeon that he might never fully regain his strength, James went on to break world paralympic backstroke record in 2010 one of 10 records he's held.
"Swimming is all I have known all my life really, said James, of Woodseats.
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I went into the European Championships in 1997 when I was 16 since then I have been to the Sydney and Athens games and to world championships and won 11 Olympic medals.
"I can't imagine not doing it even though you have to put your body through hell every day and I can't imagine what else I might have done without swimming. Swimming is my life.
"I'm a bit old now, it's a young man's sport and the lads coming through will be starting to do to me what I did to the older swimmers when I came through.
"I got into swimming because of my disability and it's amazing what I have achieved because of it. I forget sometimes that I have a disability, it's never held me back.
James, aged 29, suffered from polio in a one in a million infection through vaccination as a baby and lost much of the use of his left leg through the disease's associated muscle wastage.
"People can see my disability as a negative but I have lived a full life because of it. I have travelled the world and been to every continent through swimming, I might not have been able to do that otherwise.
As a kid he would climb trees, run around and play football with everyone else, he even turned out for the school team in goal a couple of times.
"I used to climb trees and play football with the rest of the kids when I was little. My parents never let me use it as an excuse for not doing things and I never have.
Anyone who wants to take his crown will need ability, guts and a heart as big as Stratford.
But it never stopped him doing anything.
To see his 6ft 1ins and 75kilos frame cruise up and down the swimming lanes in one of his Pond's Forge training sessions is to see a master at work.
Freed from many of the restrictions in movement he faced on foot, James excelled in the water. He burst onto the scene as a 16 year old, smashing records and shaking up his sport.
James Crisp former world 200m Paralympic backstroke record holder, winner of 47 British, European and World championship medals and one tough cookie will be competing in his third Paralympic Games in a couple of weeks.
"They are keeping me on my toes, that's for sure. In the past I have been the favourite going into major championships but now I'm battling for a medal."
still love being in the water, I'm very priveleged really."
But it was in the swimming pool that he really came into his own.
The kid who's been in a swimming pool since his dad Stewart decided swimming would be good for him as a baby still gets the same thrill in the water as he ever did.
remember a time when I wasn't swimming, I have been in the water now for 29 years!
"I came back from injury because I wanted to finish on my own terms," said James.
Sheffield's James Crisp is ready to pool his talent
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