Curt Harnett

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Curt Harnett
Curt Harnett.jpg
Harnett in 2010
Medal record
Men's Cycling
Competitor for  Canada
Olympic Games
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 1000m Time Trial
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Match Sprint
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Match Sprint
UCI Track World Championships
Silver 1995 Bogota Match Sprint
Commonwealth Games
Silver 1990 Auckland Match Sprint
Silver 1994 Victoria Match Sprint
Pan American Games
Gold 1987 Indianapolis 1000m Time Trial
Bronze 1987 Indianapolis Match Sprint

Curtis "Curt" Melvin Harnett (born May 14, 1965 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian racing cyclist. He began cycling as a way to stay in shape for hockey. He competed in four Olympic Games, winning three medals, one silver and two bronze.

As well, Harnett has three medals from the Commonwealth Games and three medals from the Pan American Games He held the world record for the 200 metre time trial for 11 years, bested in 2006 by Dutchman Theo Bos. After retiring from cycling in 1996, he attended the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games as a commentator for CBC Sports. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.[1] Harnett was introduced into the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame.[2]


  • "It's time to get a haircut and get a real job." - After competing in his final Olympic Games. Harnett was noted for his distinctive long, very curly blond hair and even did a TV commercial for a shampoo.[3]
  • "He who says it can't be done is usually interrupted by someone doing it." (anon) - listed as favourite quote.


  1. ^ "HONOURED MEMBER CURT HARNETT". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Curt Harnett Pert Plus commercial". YouTube. 

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Preceded by
Vladimir Adamachvili
Men's 200 meter Time Trial
world record holder

28 September 1995 - 16 December 2006
Succeeded by
Theo Bos