Ralph Cook Craig (June 21, 1889 – July 21, 1972) was an American athlete, winner of the sprint double at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[2]

Craig began his track career as a hurdler at Detroit Central High School, and only later developed into a sprinter at the University of Michigan.[3] In 1910, he won the IC4A 220 y championship, repeating this the following year.

In 1912, Craig qualified for the Olympic team and went to Sweden, where he reached the final of the 100m. A big favourite was his compatriot Donald Lippincott, who had set a World Record of 10,6 in the heats. After no less than seven false starts, Craig won the race in 10,8 – Lippincott only finished third. Craig fought out another battle with Lippincott in the 200m, edging him to win the 200 m title. Craig was not a part of the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which was disqualified and didn't medal.

Immediately after the Olympics, Ralph Craig retired from the sport, although his brother, Jimmy, became an All-American footballer in 1913.

In 1948, he made a return to the Olympics as an alternate on the US yachting team. Although he did not actually compete, Craig (59) carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies in London.[2][4]

Craig was employed for many years as an administrator with the New York State Unemployment Bureau.[5] He died at Lake George, New York.

In 2010 he joined the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[6]

Competitions

  • In March 1911, Craig set a new record by running the 40-yard high hurdles in 5.2 seconds, breaking the prior record held by Forrest Smithson.[7]
  • In May 1911, at his last competition wearing the Michigan uniform, Craig helped the Wolverines to a third-place finish in the inter-collegiate meet. He tied the inter-collegiate record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.8 seconds. He also tied the world record in the 220-yard dash with a time of 21.2 seconds. The Wolverines finished the meet with 24 points, trailing only Cornell (30 points) and Yale (24-1/2 points).