Steve Cram is a retired track and field athlete from the United Kingdom who was a world-class middle distance runner in the 1980s. During his career, he set multiple world marks, including being the first man to run 1500 meters in sub 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He had won many gold medals at the Commonwealth Games before winning the 1500 m at the 1983 World Championships and a silver medal at the Olympic Games the following year. He was raised in a close-knit household in Gateshead, England, where the ideals of hard work and strong ethics were valued highly. He was tall and well-built, and he developed an early interest in athletics and began running. He began competing in prominent contests and was selected for the 1980 Olympic team. He won his first major medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1982, winning the 1500 m. His career took off from there, and he went on to win more medals over the years. He was famed for his on-field rivalry with fellow Britons Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, as well as his tendency for setting regular world marks. Following his retirement, he worked as a television host and sports pundit, as well as a motivational speaker and an athletics coach.
Childhood and Adolescence
Stephen Cram was born in Gateshead, England, on October 14, 1960, to Bill and Mia. Kevin was his younger brother. His mother was German and his father was a police officer. They were a close-knit group of people.
He was taught the importance of hard work from a young age. His father instilled a strong sense of ethics and values in the boys.
Cram was a lanky young man with exceptional athletic ability. He began running at an early age and was selected for the British Olympic team in 1980 after placing second in the mile at Crystal Palace to Steve Ovett. At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, Cram advanced to the 1500 m final, where he finished eighth.
Career of Steve Cram
In 1982, Steve Cram had his first significant breakthrough when he won gold in the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games. He then went on to win gold in the European Championships in Athens in 1982.
He was injured in the early 1980s but recovered well in time for the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, where he won gold in the men’s track race over Steve Scott of the United States and Sad Aouita of Morocco.
His professional rivalry with fellow Brits Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett grew well-known over the years. He finished second to reigning champion Coe in the 1500 m at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Cram’s season was badly affected the rest of the way owing to recurring injuries.
By 1985, he had made a significant recovery and posted many personal best times, including 1:42.88 in the 800m, 2:12.88 in the 1000m, 3:29.67 in the 1500m, and 4:51.39 in the 2000m. His outstanding success continued in 1986, when he won the 800 m at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, defeating Tom McKean and Peter Elliott in 1:43:22, a Commonwealth Games record that stands today.
He won bronze in the 800 meters at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart. He worked harder in the following events after being disappointed with his performance in the 800 m and defeated Coe to win the gold medal in the 1500 m.
His form began to deteriorate in the late 1980s, and he was no longer the formidable athlete he previously was. He placed ninth after leading into the final bend of the 1987 World Championships final in Rome, despite being plagued by injuries.
In 1988, his form improved marginally, and he was able to defeat Bile in the Oslo Dream Mile. He was considered one of the favorites to win the gold medal in 1500 meters in the upcoming Seoul Olympics. However, he was hampered by an injury throughout the games, and he was only able to finish fourth.
Over the years, his injuries worsened, and he was no longer able to win large competitions, although continuing to participate professionally. At the 1990 European Athletics Championships, he finished fifth in the 1500 m. He stopped competing in sports in 1994.
Steve Cram started his broadcasting career with Eurosport in 1995 before joining the BBC in 1998. He has served as the Chief Athletics Commentator for the last three Summer Olympic Games, as well as the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2010. In the run-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Cram joined British Athletics as an adviser and mentor in 2014. He is also a well-known motivational speaker.
He is also the chairman of the English Institute of Sport, as well as the founder and chairman of COCO, a global charity dedicated to removing barriers to child education and reducing infant mortality.
Achievements and Awards
He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1983.
In 1985, he was named United Press International Athlete of the Year.
In 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), and in 2015, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to sport.
Personal History and Legacy
He married Karen in 1983, but the relationship ended in 2001 after several years. Allison Curbishley, a former athlete, is his current girlfriend. He’s the father of two children.
In 2001, his only brother Kevin died at the age of 39, leaving him with a personal tragedy.
Estimated Net Worth
Steve Cram is one of the wealthiest runners and one of the most popular. Steve Cram’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.