Bryan Leturgez started his collegiate career with the Purdue University football team but a change in coaches resulted in a change of locations for the Terre Haute, Ind., native. Unfortunately for the Sycamore football team but fortunately for the ISU track and field squad, Leturgez decided not to sit out two seasons of football and decided to compete for the Sycamore track team.
Leturgez competed in the decathlon, 400 meter hurdles and high jump for Indiana State, setting a then school record with a 7-foot-1.75” leap in high jump. He still has the third best time in the 400 meter hurdles in school history with a 50.86 accomplished in 1986.
He competed in the 1986 NCAA Track & Field Championships and the 1988 Olympic Trials in the 400 meter hurdles. His athletic career took another turn after the track & field Olympic Trials.
Fellow Terre Haute native Bruce Rosselli, who was putting together a bobsled team, asked Leturgez to try out in the fall of 1988, making the World Cup team and competing for the next 10 years.
He earned three gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal during the 1992-93 World Cup season and was a part of a four-man team that won the overall World Cup championship that season.
Leturgez was on the U.S. Olympic team at the 1992 games in Albertville, France, the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway, and the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. He was team captain for the 1992 Olympic Bobsled, posting his best Olympic finish of 11th in the four-man event.
The former Sycamore also set world records in the 1994 World Push Championships two and four-man events and won six World Push Championships overall.