Jim Craig is an Olympic gold medalist and International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame member known to sports enthusiasts worldwide as the star goalie of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 US Olympic hockey team.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Goalie for 1980 USA “Miracle on Ice” Hockey Team
Jim Craig is an Olympic gold medalist and International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame member known to sports enthusiasts worldwide as the star goalie of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 US Olympic hockey team. That team’s stunning medal-round upset of the heavily favored Soviet “Big Red Machine” in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games, an epic Olympic confrontation in the midst of US-Soviet Cold War tension, remains one of the most electrifying and iconic dramas of modern Olympic history. In 1980, Sports Illustrated named Craig and his teammates Sportsmen of the Year. Nineteen years later, it christened the “Miracle on Ice” match as the Top Sports Moment of the 20th century.
In the historic 1980 clash, Craig and his teammates repelled a fierce onslaught from the finely-tuned Soviet juggernaut and countered with a scrappy fight of their own until the final buzzer, pulling out a spectacular, surprise 4-3 victory. The hockey battle between the Cold War superpowers captivated the world and became known instantly as the “Miracle on Ice.” The US team went on to defeat Finland and claim the 1980 Olympic hockey gold medal. The photograph of Craig with the American flag draped over his shoulders after the victory, seeking his father out in the stadium crowd, is one of the most enduring sports images of all time.
Craig, 56, a native of Boston, Massachusetts and graduate of Boston University, went on after the Olympics to start for three NHL teams and remains a frequent hockey commentator for media. After retiring as a professional athlete, Craig turned his energy to the business world where he is the founder and president of Gold Medal Strategies, a motivational speaking and sales training company which also manages and represents Craig in a variety of public engagements. Over the past 30 years, Craig has inspired, instructed and provided winning strategies for more than 500 organizations including some of the world’s best-known brands. Craig has won numerous awards for speaking, sales and marketing and is recognized in the United States and internationally as an inspiring and captivating public speaker.
Craig’s business book, Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from America’s Miracle Team, focuses on his “Gold Medal Strategies for Success.” These strategies draw on the fundamental values and concepts that propelled the 1980 US Olympic hockey team to victory – teamwork, passion, confidence and commitment to excellence – and apply those values practically in the business world. Craig also penned the forward to The Boys of Winter – The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream and the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, contributed a chapter to the ESPN book Fathers & Daughters & Sports and has produced other published texts.
Craig is married and is the father of two children.
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