András Törő competed in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics while he was a Hungarian citizen, and won his Olympic medal while competing for that country. In 1962 he also won a World Championship in the C-1 10,000 meter event. But Törő defected from Hungary while at the 1964 Olympics and took up residence in Michigan. He earned a degree from the University of Michigan and began working as a naval architect and marine engineering consultant. He also began competing in canoe races in this country and when his citizenship came through in 1971, he was then eligible to compete for the United States Olympic team, which he has done twice – in 1972 and 1976. Törő also won four U.S. Championships, the C-1 in 1969 and C-2 in 1969-71.