Jocelyn Lovell

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Jocelyn Lovell
Personal information
Born (1950-07-19) 19 July 1950 (age 64)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Team information
Amateur team(s)
1968–1983 Team Canada

Jocelyn Bjorn Lovell (born 19 July 1950) is a former cyclist from Canada. He competed at three Olympic Games.[1]

Lovell dominated Canadian road cycling in the 1970s and early 1980s; winning dozens of national titles as well as gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games. He brought Canadian cycling back into the international limelight.[2]

His greatest success came at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton where he won three gold medals in Games record times. Later that year he won a silver medal at the world championships.[3]

He continued to race as an amateur into the early 1980s. However, tragedy struck on 4 August 1983 when he was involved in a collision with a dump truck while training in Halton Region, just northwest of Toronto. The truck hit him from behind and broke his neck and pelvis.[4] He is now a quadriplegic. No charges were laid.

Personal life[edit]

Lovell was born in Norwich, England in 1950. He moved with his family to Canada in 1954. He started cycle racing when he was 13.[4]

Lovell was married to speed skater and competitive cyclist Sylvia Burka in 1981.[4] They separated in 1986.[5] He lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his second wife, Neil.[6]


  1. ^ "Jocelyn Lovell Olympic Results". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cycling". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Parrish, Wayne (7 August 1983). "Intensity: A Lovell Trademark". The Sunday Star (Toronto). p. E1. 
  4. ^ a b c Sokol 1983, pp. D1,D3.
  5. ^ Klane 2002.
  6. ^ Ormsby 2007.


  • Sokol, Al (6 August 1983). "Hit by a truck premier cyclist fighting for his life". The Saturday Star (Toronto). pp. D1, D3. 

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