Mike Horn became famous in 2001 after completing a solo journey around the equator without motorized transport. In 2002 He completed a two-year 3 month solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle and in 2006 along with Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland, became the first men to travel without dog or motorized transport to the North Pole during permanent darkness.
Horn uses his experiences to motivate sportsmen and other people involved in challenging work such as deep sea drilling. During 2010 and 2011, he conducted motivational sessions for the Indian Cricket Team at the request of its coach, Gary Kirsten. The team went on to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup for the first time in 28 years. Members of Indian Cricket Team acknowledged Horn's motivational work.
Horn then accompanied Kirsten and the South African cricket team, whom Kirsten then coached, on an expedition to the Alps in 2012, as a team bonding exercise and part of their preparation for their Test series against the then number 1 ranked team England. They dominated England in the first test (of a 3 test series), a feat which England and world cricket had not seen in a decade. Eventually, South Africa went on and won the series 2 - 0 with one test drawn. With this victory, South Africa took the number 1 test ranking from England, and currently holds the mace.
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