Curt has loved cycling since he first rode a bike without training wheels at the age of five; however, cycling was not his first organized competitive sport.
In the beginning, his focus was on hockey, and through his teens began a serious run at a hockey career. We was introduced to competitive cycling by his high school football coach (who just happened to be the President of the Thunder Bay Cycling Club) as a way of staying in shape, during the off season, for hockey.
It was during a tryout for an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team that he came to the realization that he would rather pursue full-time cycling career and just two short years later Curt found himself competing at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and a silver medal around his neck.
The Match Sprint, a 750-meter, one-on-one cycling race commonly held on a 250-meter track, eventually became his specialty. In 1983, Curt first competed for Canada internationally at the 1983 Pan American Games where he placed fourth.
Curt held the World Record Holder in his event for eleven years, becoming the first man to break the elusive 10 second barrier for 200 meters in a time 9.865 seconds. He won over thirty National Titles and represented Canada at four Olympic Games, bringing home 3 Olympic Medals in the process (two bronze; one silver).
Although Curt retired from cycling after his bronze medal performance at the 1996 Olympic Games, he attended the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games as a colour commentator in cycling for CBC Sports. He is heavily involved in numerous charities across Canada with a strong affinity toward Special Olympics Canada and Right to Play.
Curt has sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Cycling Association, the Canadian Olympic Association, and the City of Toronto's Bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, focusing most of his attention towards athlete advocacy.
He is a business development professional, motivational speaker, writer, broadcaster, promoter and mentor, preferring to inspire Canadian youth to chase dreams of their own rather than to emulate the dreams of others.
Curt was inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006 and acted as the Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara MEX. In October 2013, Curt was selected to be the chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Canadian Pan American Team and in April of 2016, selected as chef de mission of the RIO 2016 Canadian Olympic Team. Curt is a member of the Board of Directors for World Bicycle Relief Canada and lends his time to various other charities in Canada.
For 2017, Curt is looking forward to working with RBC to help growing the RBC Training Ground Initiative at events happening from coast to coast and he will be readying himself for the 2017 Edition of the PwC Epic Tour of Halton that happens in September of this year.
1984 Los Angeles USA 1000 Meter Time Trial SILVER MEDAL
1986 Edinburgh SCO Match Sprint 5TH PLACE
PAN AMERICAN GAMES
1983 Caracas VEN 1000 Meter Time Trial 4th PLACE
OTHER INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
1995: Set World Record at Bogotá COL 200 meter 9.865 seconds
1985 Canadian Award of Excellence