Jim Craig smiling for a picture

Jim Craig

Ice Hockey
Competition Year(s) and Results
Member of 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team that defeated the Soviets in the midst of global political tension
Born May 31, 1957 in Easton, Massachusetts, Jim Craig discovered his passion for hockey at age seven and trained tirelessly as a goalkeeper. Craig’s success in high school and at Boston University, where he won a Division I National Championship and was named an NCAA All-Star in 1979, earned him a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. In one of the most famous upsets in sports history, Craig saved 36 shots against Russia, helping Team U.S.A. win what is known as the “Miracle on Ice.” After a five-year professional career, he retired in 1984. Craig has been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation, U.S. Hockey, U.S. Olympic and BU Halls of Fame, and is a corecipient of the Lester Patrick and the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” awards. Craig is the Founder/CEO of Gold Medal Strategies, where he serves as a motivational speaker, powerful salesman and corporate consultant, has authored two books, and is a board member of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.