Sport: Cycling – Track
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Year Born: 1992
State Born: Tasmania
Watching a famous Tasmanian sporting event from the stands with her family kickstarted Amy Cure's journey to becoming one of Australia's most successful endurance track cyclists.
Intrigued by the cycling competition at the Burnie New Year's Day Carnival, a 12-year-old Cure asked her parents to buy her a bike.
Growing up, Cure had tried a host of sports, including basketball, little athletics and triathlon, but nothing had stuck, so they borrowed a bike instead.
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Cure joined the Mersey Valley Cycling Club in Devonport and after three months the quick learner represented Tasmania at the Australian Junior Road Championships.
By now, Cure had a bike of her own and following many years of success as a junior, including four UCI Junior Track World Championship titles, she made the leap to senior competition.
As an elite rider, Cure experienced her first success at the 2013 World Championships with two silver medals in the Individual and Team Pursuits.
Crowning glory followed in 2014 when she won the gold medal in the points race at the 2014 World Championships and silver and bronze at the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games.
A year later, Cure was awarded another rainbow jersey after she paired with Melissa Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Annette Edmondson to win the team pursuit at the 2015 World Championships. It was an historic victory as the quartet also broke the world record.
Cure had been selected as a part of the Australian Olympic Team for the 2012 Games in London, but with Australia's depth in the team pursuit she did not get a ride. Four years on, Cure made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.
After finishing fifth in the team pursuit at the 2016 World Championships following a disrupted preparation, a crash in training at the Rio Games cruelled the Aussie's chances of a podium finish in the team pursuit. Cure lined up in all three of the team's rides in Rio as the team eventually defeated Italy to claim fifth.
GOLD!!!! 👏😊 Couldn't be more proud of everyone! So many people to thank for this one! All the girls road so well out there tonight. The last few months have been far from the easiest. Huge thanks to my family and friends for cheering me along every step of the way. Our coach @jasebarts. To my wonderful man @anthonypauwels, thank you for being that huge mental supporter that you always are, even during the ups and the downs. The two girls who have been every part of this journey @georgiabaker_ and @rebeccawiasak. And also to @matthew_gilmore72 for being that mentor, coach and supporter that I rely so much on. Could go on forever, but it's now time to sleep and rest up for some more racing!!! ✌️😊🚴♀️💨🇦🇺
The following year, Cure made history when she became the first person in track cycling history to win a medal in six different world championship events and, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, she won Team Pursuit and Scratch Race gold.
At the 2019 World Championships, she teamed up with Ashlee Ankudinoff, Alex Manly, Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker to win the Team Pursuit. She also joined forces with fellow Tasmanian, Baker, to win madison silver.
Cure was selected to her second Olympic Team, Tokyo 2020, but in June of 2020 announced her retirement from cycling.