Leonard Harvey Nitzorig - Inducted 2005

Born in Hamilton, Oh., Leonard Hsrvey Nitz has been called the best all around track rider the U.S. has ever produced. From 1976 to 1989 he won more than 15 U.S. National championships, was a member of the 1979, ’83 and ’87 u.S. Pan American teams where he won two gold medals and a bronze. Also, at the World Championships he earned a silver medal in the points race in 1981 and a bronze in 1986. He was a member of every U.S. Olympic team from 1976 through 1988, earning a silver medal in the team pursuit and a bronze medal in the individual pursuit in 1984. he was a crowd favorite for his exciting “Nitz Kick” burst of speed during a points race or the final laps of a pursuit.

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