Sylvia Burka

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]

Sylvia Burka
Sylvia Burka in 1977
Personal information
Full nameSylvia Burka
Born (1954-05-04) May 4, 1954
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
SportSpeedskating and track cycling

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]


  1. Zarins, Viesturs (2010-02-02). "Latvia readies for Winter Olympics; record contingent heads to Canada". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  2. Sylvia Burka.
  3. "Sylvia Burka". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 December 2013.

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