Tom Cooper

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameThomas W. "Tom"•Cooper
Used nameTom•Cooper
Born1 December 1873 in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Died20 November 1906 in New York, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Tom Cooper was a professional cyclist who competed in several of the professional events that were contested alongside the cycling events at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Cooper was a major rival of the great American champion Major Taylor. Cooper was the 1898 half-mile champion of the League of American Wheelman (LAW) and won the Bicycle Championship of America for the 1899 season. In 1898 Cooper formed the American Racing Cyclists Union, a rival organization to the LAW.

Cooper teamed with Henry Ford in 1902 to build high-speed race cars. Ford sold his share back to Cooper in October 1902 and went on to form the Ford Motor Company. The Cooper-Ford car was raced by famed auto racer Barney Oldfield. Cooper also raced cars as a driver. Oldfield and Cooper actually combined to stage a Broadway play using special effects from their race cars. After a few months, they tired of this and returned to racing cars. Cooper died in an auto accident in New York City in November 1906.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) USA Tom Cooper
Sprint, Professionals, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
Tandem Sprint, Professionals, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Floyd McFarland 3 h3 r2/3
Team Sprint, Professionals, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1
3,000 metres, Handicap, Professionals, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) AC h2 r1/2

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