When it comes to the rollercoaster of professional sport, Amy Cure has ridden every high and every low. Not much has changed in the three years since she decided to retire from cycling - although now her rollercoaster is working as an oncology nurse. "At the start of my nursing degree, I didn't find it too hard because being an elite athlete you know what is good for your body," the 31-year-old said. "There are a lot of things that I get out of my nursing that I would get out of cycling. I'm working in oncology at the moment, and your patients can quickly deteriorate or you can have emergencies that you have to respond to quickly. "The adrenaline is similar to cycling, and you're really trying hard to reach that common goal. It can be quite emotional and you feel like you ride a bit of a rollercoaster." Cure, who is one of the Coast's most decorated sporting exports, announced her retirement in 2020 after a glittering 12-year career representing Australia on the highest stage. It was a decision that the West Pine junior initially found daunting, however, she took solace in knowing that there were other people in her situation at the time. "I retired when the Olympics were postponed and they didn't know if they were going to continue, but I was at the point where I was already contemplating retirement," she said. "I thought I'm not really happy, and the sport was convenient but being convenient, I wouldn't get results. "I was really scared of the unknown, but I realised that I was to retire then or after Tokyo, I'd be in the same position with no job and no pay. "I didn't know what I was doing but other people weren't doing things through COVID. In the end, I walked into a cafe down the road and asked for a job because that industry wanted an extra hand." A two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist and three-time world title winner, Cure pulled on the green and gold at two Olympics and 10 national titles. Since retirement, Cure said she had not spoken too much about her career, except for on rare occasions. "I did have a patient say that I looked really familiar, and he asked me to pull my face mask down [to see my whole face]," she said. "Then he asked me if I played sport, and then I got into it and he said he remembered watching me race in the Commonwealth Games. "It's the only incident like that and it's something that I don't like to bring up." While Cure was unable to achieve her career goal - winning an Olympic gold medal - she was not "upset about [her] career", and was "really grateful for what [she] had achieved". She credited part of her success to the cold Tasmanian winters and having less distractions growing up on the Coast. Calling Adelaide home now, Cure's love for cycling might not be what it once was but for the moment, it is something that she is more than ok with. "Right now it is all about nursing. I've been in a sport for a long time," she said. "In saying that, it's only been the last half a year that I've been able to enjoy the sport and go on rides again. "I want to keep a bit clear from cycling because it is eventually something I want to enjoy with my kids [one day], and I want to be in a good head space to give them the best opportunity."