Lynn Burke

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Lynn Burke
Lynn Burke 1960b.jpg
Lynn Burke in 1960
Personal information
Full name Lynn Edythe Burke
National team  United States
Born (1943-03-22) March 22, 1943 (age 75)
New York, New York
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Santa Clara Swim Club

Lynn Edythe Burke (born March 22, 1943), also known by her married name Lynn McConville, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. She competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where she won the gold medal in women's 100-meter backstroke in a new Olympic record time of 1:09.3. She won a second gold medal by swimming the backstroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay, together with teammates Patty Kempner (breaststroke), Carolyn Schuler (butterfly), and Chris von Saltza (freestyle). The U.S medley relay team set a new world record in the event final of 4:41.1.[1]

Burke was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1978. After retiring from competition in March 1961,[2] she became a model, author and business woman in New York. She has three children.[3][4]

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  1. ^ 1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy – Swimming Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  2. ^ File:Lynn Burke 1961.jpg
  3. ^ Lynn Burke.
  4. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Lynn Burke (USA). Retrieved March 14, 2015.