|Roles||Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)|
|Full name||Thomas W. "Tom"•Cooper|
|Born||1 December 1873 in Detroit, Michigan (USA)|
|Died||20 November 1906 in New York, New York (USA)|
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|