Curtis "Curt" Melvin Harnett, CM (born 14 May 1965) 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.[1]

Curt Harnett
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Harnett in 2010
Personal information
Born (1965-05-14) 14 May 1965 (age 54)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.[2] Harnett was introduced into the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame.[3] He was the chef de mission for Team Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4] In 2018, Harnett was made a Member of the Order of Canada[5].


  • "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.[6]


  1. ^ "Curt Harnett Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "HONOURED MEMBER CURT HARNETT". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ Heroux, David (13 April 2016). "Curt Harnett 'natural' fit to step in as last-minute chef de mission". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
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  6. ^ "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