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Jocelyn Lovell

Full name: Jocelyn Bjorn Lovell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: July 19, 1950 in Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain
Died: June 3, 2016 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Sylvia Burka.

Biography

Considered one of Canada’s first cycling icons, Lovell, born in Norfolk, England, competed at three Olympic Games. He made the 1968 Olympic team in Mexico City while still a teenager and finished a respectable 7th in the 1,000m time trial. His arrival on the Canadian cycling scene and international success was greatly welcomed after a four decades medal drought in his country. His victory in the 10-mile scratch race at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh made him the first Canadian in 32 years to win a cycling gold.

Lovell dominated the Canadian cycling scene in the 1970s and 1980s. He was three-times Commonwealth Games champion (on home soil in Edmonton in 1978), a 1978 World Championships silver medalist (1000 m time trial in Munich), a two-time Pan American Games champion (1971 and 1975 1000 m time trial), and won more than 35 national titles (on road and track, at every distance). Lovell was introduced to the sport by his brother Peer, who was at one time a Canadian champion as well. His successes were all the more remarkable because he trained himself, never working with a personal coach.

His ability to cycle was tragically cut short in 1983 at the age of 33 while out on a training ride northwest of Toronto, when he was run over from behind by a dump truck and dragged over 1000 feet, leaving him a quadriplegic. With a reputation as a controversial and outspoken individual as a cyclist, Lovell emerged as a high-profile spokesman for the disabled after his accident.

Lovell was married to three-time Olympic speed skater Sylvia Burka in 1981, who was also a competitive cyclist, separating in 1986. In 1975, Lovell received the Norton H. Crow Award, as the Canadian male amateur athlete of the year, and in 1985, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Men's Sprint Canada CAN 2 h8 r4/10
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial Canada CAN 7
1972 Summer 22 München Cycling Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial Canada CAN 15
1972 Summer 22 München Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Canada CAN 19 QR
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Cycling Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial Canada CAN 13
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Canada CAN 11 QR

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Canada Round Two Repêchage Heat Eight 2
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Canada Round Two Heat Three 3
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Canada Round One Repêchage Heat Five 1 QU 11.30
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Canada Round One Heat Ten 2

Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Cycling Canada Final Standings 7 1:05.18
1972 Summer 22 München Cycling Canada Final Standings 15 1:09.03
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Cycling Canada Final Standings 13 1:08.852

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
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