Sylvia Burka

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Sylvia Burka
Sylvia Burka 1977.jpg
Sylvia Burka in 1977
Personal information
Full name Sylvia Burka
Born (1954-05-04) May 4, 1954 (age 60)
Winnipeg, Canada
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport Speedskating and track cycling

Sylvia Burka (born May 4, 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a former ice speed skater and track cyclist from Canada of Latvian descent,[1] who represented her native country at three consecutive Winter Olympics, starting in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan.[2] She was the first person in history to win a World Championship in both Allround and Sprint disciplines (1976 and 1977). She never won an Olympic medal, with her best Olympic result being the fourth place in 1000 m in 1976.[2]

In 1977, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[3] In 1983 she was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. She was married to Jocelyn Lovell, an Olympic cyclist.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zarins, Viesturs (2010-02-02). "Latvia readies for Winter Olympics; record contingent heads to Canada". latviansonline.com. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Sylvia Burka. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ "Sylvia Burka". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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