Michael Grenda

Cyclist Michael Grenda became Tasmania’s first Olympic champion when he teamed with Kevin Nichols, Michael Turtur and Dean Woods to win the men’s 4000m team pursuit in 1984. The previous year, Grenda had spent three weeks in a German hospital after a horrendous accident while competing. His powerful finish was a feature of Australia’s remarkable run in Los Angeles. He also raced in the 4000m individual pursuit at the Games, being unlucky to be eliminated by the eventual gold medallist, American Steve Hegg, in the quarter-finals.

Olympic Results

1984 Los Angeles

4000m Individual Pursuit - Men
Quarter Final Defeated
Final Placing 8 / 33
4000m Team Pursuit - Men
Final Defeated USA
Final Placing 1 / 14