Bill Craig (swimmer)

William Norval Craig (January 16, 1945 January 1, 2017) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder. He represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. Craig and his teammates Thompson Mann (backstroke), Fred Schmidt (butterfly) and Steve Clark (freestyle) set a new medley relay world record of 3:58.4.[2] Craig attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team. He graduated in 1967.[3][4]

William Craig
Craig (left) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Norval Craig
National teamUnited States
Born(1945-01-16)January 16, 1945
Culver City, California, U.S.[1]
DiedJanuary 1, 2017(2017-01-01) (aged 71)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
College teamUniversity of Southern California

Craig was last married to Patty Craig, with whom he had a son Christian; he also has a son Rick and daughter Kimber from a previous marriage.[4]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bill Craig". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-12-15.
  2. "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Swimming" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback (Retrieved on April 29, 2008)
  3. USC OLYMPIANS: 1904-2008, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 26, 2008.
  4. Bill Craig's obituary.

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