Craig MacKay

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCraig Innis•MacKay
Used nameCraig•MacKay
Born1 April 1927 in Banff, Alberta (CAN)
Died28 February 2020 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (CAN)
AffiliationsSLSSC, Saskatoon (CAN)
NOC Canada


Craig Mackay took up speed skating at the age of 15 and joined the Saskatoon Speed Skating Club in 1943. One year later he was a Saskatchewan provincial titleholder, and he earned his first Canadian national championship victory in 1947, in the 3 mile event. His next stop was the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics, where he was 13th in the 10,000 metres, 14th in the 5,000 metres, and also competed in the 500 metres. Four years later he contested those events again in Oslo, adding the 1,500 metres to his roster as well. He also competed at the 1949 World Championships and was an alternate for the Canadian teams at the 1956 and 1960 Winter Olympics. He did not retire fully until the late 1960s, with his last major appearance coming at the 1967 Canada Winter Games. He was later involved in sports administration and was inducted into the Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Sports Halls of Fame in 1973 and 1986 respectively, as well as the Speed Skating Canada Hall in 1976. He was still competing in masters-level competitions into his 70s and set a provincial record in that age group at 500 metres.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.9 (1950); 1500 – 2:25.0 (1952); 5000 – 8:42.5 (1952); 10000 – 18:27.4 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Craig MacKay
500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 14
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Craig MacKay
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =15
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 16
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 23
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 24