Jocelyn Lovell

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Jocelyn Lovell
Jocelyn Lovell 2015.jpg
Lovell at his home in Mississauga, Ontario in September 2015
Personal information
Born(1950-07-19)19 July 1950
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died3 June 2016(2016-06-03) (aged 65)
Toronto, Ontario
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight71 kg (157 lb)[1]
Team information
DisciplineRoad and Track cycling
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team(s)
1968–1983Team Canada
Major wins
Silver Medalist, 1978 World Cycling Championships,

Gold Medals, 1978 Commonwealth Games,

Gold Medal, 1975 Pan American Games,

Gold Medal, 1971 Pan American Games

Jocelyn Charles Bjorn Lovell (19 July 1950 – 3 June 2016) was a Canadian cyclist. He dominated Canadian track and 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 competed at three Olympic Games.[1] His victories, at international competitions, renewed global interest in Canadian cycling.[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.[4] The truck hit him from behind and broke his neck and pelvis.[5] From that moment on, he permanently became a quadriplegic.[6] No charges were laid.[6] In 1985, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

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.[5]

Lovell was married to speed skater and competitive cyclist Sylvia Burka in 1981.[5] They separated in 1986.[8] He lived in Mississauga, Ontario with his second wife, Neil.[6] He died in Toronto on Friday, 3 June 2016.[4]



  • Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Staff (2016). "HONOURED MEMBER: JOCELYN LOVELL". Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  • Gains, Paul. "Jocelyn Lovell, Canada's first cycling icon". Canadian Cycling Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  • Hawthorn, Tom (17 June 2016). "Canadian cyclist Jocelyn Lovell became fierce advocate for spinal-cord research". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.

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