Ralph Craig

Ralph Cook Craig ( born June 21, 1889 in Detroit, Michigan, † July 21, 1972 in Lake George, New York) was an American track and field athlete. At the Summer Olympics in Stockholm in 1912, he was two -time Olympic champion in the 100 meter and 200 -meter run.


Craig was first hurdler. It was only during his studies at the University of Michigan, he moved to Sprint. In 1910, he secured over 220 yards for the first time a title at the IC4A Championships. His title he successfully defended the following year.

In the U.S. elimination fights for the Olympics Craig qualified for Stockholm. About 100 meters was Craig's compatriot Donald Lippincott, who had set up in the heats with 10.6 seconds a new world record, as a favorite. After a total of seven false starts but won in 10.8 seconds at the end of Craig. Lippincott was only third. Also about 200 meters Craig and Lippincott in an exciting fight. And again gave Craig his opponent at a disadvantage and was in the time of 21.7 seconds for the second time Olympic champion. Despite its success, Craig was not prepared in the U.S. 4 x 100 - meter relay, but which was then disqualified during the race.

Immediately after the Olympics Craig retired from active competitive sports. In 1948, Craig aged 59 years, again as a substitute of the U.S. sailing team in the Olympic Games in part. Although he did not really participated in the competitions, Craig had bestowed the honor to be let during the opening ceremony to lead the U.S. team as a standard-bearer.