Michael Turtur AO
Michael Turtur (cycling) carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. A track cyclist who competed at three Commonwealth Games, Turtur won a total of five medals. At the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, he won gold medals in the 4,000m individual and team pursuit, and a bronze medal in the 10-mile scratch race. At the 1986 Edinburgh Games, Turtur again won gold in the team pursuit. The champion cyclist also won Olympic gold as a member of the team pursuit at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Following his cycling career, Turtur became a board member of the Australian Sports Commission, was on the management committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI), was section manager of the cycling team at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Turtur was the inaugural race director of the Tour Down Under from 1999, until his retirement in 2020.
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