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J. Nash McCrea

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJay Nash•McCrea
Used nameJ. Nash•McCrea
Nick/petnamesCrash
Born15 January 1887 in Springfield, Illinois (USA)
Died20 September 1959 in Cudahy, Wisconsin (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Nash McCrea rode the 1-mile and 5-mile races at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics. McCrea was from Springfield, Illinois at the time. He was only 17-years-old in 1904 which may explain his nickname of “Crash” because of his wild riding, which caused multiple crashes including his own. McCrea later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked with the Milwaukee Sentinel and Wisconsin News newspapers, although on the 1940 US Census, he listed his occupation as “spiritual healer.” At the newspapers, McCrea was a sportswriter, copy editor, and real estate and automotive editor. He also did local radio work, serving as the voice of “Sunny Jim” in WISN. McCrea was active in the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and served as a president and secretary of that guild.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) USA J. Nash McCrea
1 mile, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2
5 miles, Men (Olympic) AC