January 29, 1974|
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
He was a competitive athlete from 1989 to 1999, winning four national championships in gymnastics during his career and representing Canada at the World Championships in Gymnastics, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games and the Olympics.
In his first national championship, he won the junior-level all around with 108.1 points to 101.6 for his nearest competitor. He also qualified for several senior-level events despite being just 16 years old at the time, and won the vault and floor events at that level as well. He won the national senior men's all-around in 1995.
At the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Burley won three silver medals as a solo competitor in floor, vault and parallel bars. In the men's team event, he was the last floor performer after teammates Alan Nolet, Richard Ikeda and Travis Romagnoli; in what he would later describe as one of the best performances of his life, he scored 9.55 to secure the gold medal for the Canadian team.
Pan American Games
Burley won two bronze medals as a solo competitor and one bronze medal with the Canadian team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and one bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Burley announced his retirement from competition in 1999, and subsequently worked as a television production assistant and served on the board of directors of the Association of Canada's National Team Athletes. He worked with Cirque du Soleil for several years as a performer in Alegría and as assistant artistic director of Dralion. He later worked on the communications and media team for Toronto's bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games.
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- "Ontarians on mat team". Vancouver Sun, May 31, 1996.
- "Burley decides to retire". The Telegraph-Journal, October 28, 1999.
- "Young gymnast Burley shines at nationals". The Globe and Mail, May 21, 1990.
- "Burley, Exaltacion put exclamation points on all-around titles". Vancouver Sun, May 29, 1995.
- "High bar the high point for Canadian daredevils". Vancouver Sun, August 23, 1994.
- "Nova Scotian has slim lead". Vancouver Sun, May 25, 1995.
- "Kris Burley". Sports Reference Olympic Sports Database.
- "Gay ex-Olympic gymnast Kris Burley remembers the isolation, fear". Outsports, December 3, 2014.