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Biography:

Jim Craig is a former NHL goaltender who is most famous for winning the gold medal with the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team at the Lake Placid Winter Games. In what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, Craig helped the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team defeat the highly favored Soviet Union squad by denying 36 of 39 shots on goal.

Sports Speaker Jim Craig had a very successful college hockey career, leading Boston University to a championship win in 1978. He became an NCAA All-Star in 1979 and was inducted into the Boston University Hall of Fame in 1989. In what is considered a “Miracle on Ice,” Craig helped the 1980 U.S. Olympic team prevail past a formidable Soviet Union squad led by Boris Mikhailov in the semifinals. At the end of the 20th century, most major media sports polls selected this event as the number one sports episode of the century. The U.S. flag that Craig wore after the win against the Soviets is now on display at the Sports Museum of America in New York City. After this tremendous victory, he led the United States hockey team to the gold medal with a 4-2 victory over Finland. Craig has been inducted into the Boston University Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Craig is president of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston-based promotions and marketing firm that also represents Craig and his appearance business. Besides promotions and marketing, his organization is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential through coaching, education, and guidance. Craig has currently inspired employees and associates from over 300 organizations, including Bayer Corporation, Dunkin’ Donuts, John Hancock, Time Inc., Walt Disney, and Welch’s. In his first business book, “Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from America’s Miracle Team,” Craig delivers the discipline skills he has used to be successful on and off the ice.