Although born in Gloucestershire, Hemery spent a large part of his formative years in America after his father, an accountant, took the family to Boston. David returned as a student and, later, as athletics coach at Boston University, a post he held for seven years from 1976 to 1983.
His time there helped shape both his competitive career and his current life, in which he and a group of other former sportsmen offer their expertise as "performance consultants" to business and industry.
"In Boston I learned a lot about the can-do society," he said. "It helped me see that you have to make the effort to be more self-responsible." It is that which forms part of the message Hemery and his colleagues put across to business leaders. "It has been a phenomenally successful venture."
Now 51, he balances the stresses of the job, which can take him anywhere in the country, with tennis, swimming, cycling and a lot of running, often with his wife, Vivian, a practising homeopath, accompanying him on horseback.
They live near Marlborough, in Wiltshire, with their two sons.
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