FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s Craig Kinsley, who overcome long odds to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team in the summer, will be among the honorees Monday at the eighth annual Fairfield County Sports Night Hall of Fame dinner at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
Kinsley threw the javelin at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 23rd overall.
Reaching the Olympics was an accomplishment for Kinsley, who suffered a torn labrum, a cartilage injury in his shoulder, in 2011 that hampered his training. Through strenuous rehabilitation efforts, Kinsley overcame the injury and earned a spot on the U.S. team at the Olympic trials in June.
Kinsley’s path to the Olympics started at Brown University, where he was a four-time Ivy League champion in the javelin and a three-time All-American. He placed third in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships and won the NCAA championship the next year.
The 2007 Fairfield Prep graduate earned All-State honors in the javelin, high jump and decathlon. He was a baseball player at Fairfield Prep until he broke his hand, which led him to switch from baseball to track and field as his main sport during his junior year.