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Walt Andrews

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWalter Emanuel "Walt"•Andrews
Used nameWalt•Andrews
Born8 February 1881 in ? (USA)
Died12 March 1954 in St. Petersburg, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsRoyal Canadian Bicycle Club, Toronto (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada

Biography

American-born Walt Andrews began his competitive cycling career in 1900 and rose to become a prominent athlete in the United States, England, and Canada. He found the most success in the latter country, where he was national champion in 1905 and a podium finisher most years through 1911 as a member of the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club of Toronto. He was selected to represent Canada at the 1908 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal in the Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards alongside teammates William Morton, Fred McCarthy, and Will Anderson. He competed in five other events, with his best finish being in the 100 kilometer ride, the only other time he reached the finals. He played a notable part in the final of that race when he and David Robertson of Great Britain were involved in a crash with race favorite Leon Meredith that eventually forced him to quit the competition. Andrews finished in sixth. Following his retirement from active competition in 1911 he established and ran a bicycle shop, Andrews Motor Cycle, on Toronto’s Yonge Street. In his later years he split his time between Toronto and Florida, but remained involved in the business until his death in 1954.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) Sprint, Men Olympic 4 h1 r2/3 CAN Walt Andrews
  Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men Olympic Fred McCarthy 3 h7 r1/3
  Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards, Men Olympic Canada 3 Bronze
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic AC h6 r1/2
  20 kilometres, Men Olympic AC h2 r1/2
  100 kilometres, Men Olympic 6

Research notes

Lived in 369 Yonge street in 1911 per The Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review.

Created: Taavi Kalju at February 23, 2013 04:53, Last edited: Taavi Kalju at February 23, 2013 04:53