|Born||January 19, 1989|
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (1.867 m)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||Brown Bears|
|Coached by||Michelle Eisenreich|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Javelin: 82.31m|
Craig Kinsley (born January 19, 1989) is an American track and field athlete and 2012 Olympian who competes in the javelin throw. In 2010, he won the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and was named as an Academic All-American by the USATFCCCA. He also placed third at the US National Championships that year. In 2012, he placed third at the Olympic Trials and qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Craig Kinsley was born January 19, 1989 to parents Tom and Andrea. He began competing in track and field after a broken hand prevented him from playing baseball his junior year. At first, he ran the hurdles and did the high jump. After his hand had healed sufficiently, he added the javelin, throwing with a cast on his hand.
During high school, Kinsley was named all-state in the decathlon, high jump, and javelin throw. He graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 2007 and was accepted into Brown University where he studied geology and economics.
At Brown, Kinsley competed in both the high jump and javelin throw. He was a four-time Ivy League Champion and three-time All-American. He finished third in the javelin at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 2010, Kinsley won the NCAA title in javelin. His mark of 76.29 metres (250.3 ft) was more than eight feet better than the second place finisher. In so doing, Kinsley became just the third individual track and field champion in the school's history. That same year, he finished third at the National Championships with a distance of 78.10 metres (256.2 ft). Additionally, he was named an Academic All-American and Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year by the USATFCCCA.
Kinsley was injured in 2011 and unable to defend his title as a result. After graduating that spring with degrees in geology and economics, he decided to commit himself solely to the javelin and put everything else on hold. He found the cheapest apartment he could and focused his economic resources on training needs. He continued to train at the Brown facilities in Providence, Rhode Island where he was a volunteer assistant coach.
At the June 2012 Olympic Trials, Kinsley finished third with a distance of 79.92 metres (262.2 ft). Earlier that month, he achieved the Olympic "A" Standard with a new personal best of 82.31 metres (270.0 ft). The distance made him eligible for the 2012 Summer Olympics and ranked him in the top 20 worldwide for the first time in his career. "For about 90 percent of the victory lap, I was bawling in front of 30,000 people," Kinsley said of making the Olympic team. "I don't know if I can think of a person who'd be more proud to wear red, white and blue."
The 2012 Olympics was Kinsley's first international competition. "I'm a total nobody on the international scene, which is awesome because I go in with very little pressure," he remarked. "I go in healthy and throwing the best I've ever thrown. I feel I have some big throws, so I'm ready to surprise people." On August 8, 2012, Kinsley made his Olympic debut in the Qualification round of the Men's Javelin Throw. On his third and final throw of the day he was marked at 78.18 meters, placing him 10th in Group B and 23rd overall. Although the throw was the longest of any American, Kinsley did not advance to the next roundof the competition. He was joined in London by his parents, girlfriend, coach, and two old friends.
Kinsley is coached by Michelle Eisenreich and sponsored by US Athletic Trust. He describes throwing the javelin as "an incredibly lonely pursuit ... You're training for hours, by yourself. You're putting your body through a lot of stress ... It takes a lot to dedication to do something nobody thinks is cool unless you make the Olympic team."
Kinsley currently resides in San Diego, CA.
Seasonal bests by year
- 2009 - 73.62
- 2010 - 78.10
- 2011 - 76.33
- 2012 - 82.31
- 2013 - 74.75
- "Athlete Bios: Craig Kinsley". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
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- "Craig Kinsley". Brown Bears. Retrieved July 16, 2012.