Jim Craig, goalie for the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team, parlayed his Gold Medal success into an impressive business career:

  • President and Founder of Gold Medal Strategies
  • Multiple Award Recipient from Speakers Platform on Team Building
  • Recognized as one of the top keynote speakers in America
  • 30+ years of sales and marketing experience
  • Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Hat Trick Group
  • National Sales Consultant for Valassis Communications
  • Developed sales territory for Division of Valassis from $300,000 in Annual Sales to $50 million in Annual Sales over a 10 year period
  • Marketing Services Consultant of the Year – Valassis Communications
  • Sales Hall of Fame Valassis Communications
  • Team Player of the Year – Valassis Communications
  • National Sales Manager for Marketing Corporation of America
  • Salesman of the Year – Marketing Corporation of America
  • Consultant for Walt Disney Pictures for production and filming of the movie, “Miracle.”
  • Special Sales Recognition Award from Buena Vista Home Entertainment

1980 OLYMPICS

“The 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team will forever remain etched in our memories as one of the greatest sporting events of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated selected the team's victory over the Soviet Union en route to winning the gold medal as the No. 1 sports moment of the 20th century. It was a magical ride that happened amidst the backdrop of the Iranian hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - events that made the now fabled "Miracle on Ice" even more impactful on American history. Jim Craig has been considered the backbone to this young team having a standout Olympic tournament. Stopping 36 of 39 shots on goal to help the US defeat the Soviets 4-3 sent the country into a frenzy and provided that American pride the nation needed at such a fragile time."

 
 

AUTHOR & CONTRIBUTOR

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AMERICA’S ATHLETES by Sandra Tenuto

Contributed to:

  • America’s Coach, by Ross Bernstein, Foreword by Jim Craig & Mike Eruzione
  • Fathers & Daughters & Sports, by ESPN Books; contributed chapter, “The Other Side of the Glass”
  • Ready, Set, Play!, By Mark Schlereth & Mark Preisler; contributed chapter, “Sacrifice”

EDUCATION

Jim Craig once made a promise to his mother that, regardless of his athletic career, he would complete his college education. He kept that promise and is a very proud Boston University Alum!

Graduate of Boston University Metropolitan College, Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies Degree of Human Letters, honoris causa – Mercy College

ATHLETIC AWARDS



  • Goalie for Gold Medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • All-American Goalie at Boston University
  • Member of the 1979 Boston University NCAA Hockey Championship Team
  • Along with Olympic Teammates, Named 1980 Sports Illustrated “Sportsmen of the Year” and Awarded Lester Patrick Trophy
  • Started for three NHL teams: Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and Minnesota North Stars
  • Inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in Toronto in 1999

ACTING

After the success of the 1980 Winter Olympics, Jim Craig was offered several guest appearance spots on iconic television shows. Jim’s all time favorite was the opportunity to be in a Coke commercial with his father, Donald.

Jim’s notable appearances included:

  • Love Boat
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Coca-Cola commercial
  • Old Spice commercial