|(photo from Toronto Star Archives)|
|Lovell on the track, in his familiar national colors.|
|Lovell on a bike built for him by Giuseppe Marinoni, who built a number of bikes for the Canadian racer. The two were reunited in the recent documentary about Marinoni, The Fire in the Frame.|
In 1983, while out for a training ride, Lovell was tragically hit and dragged by a dump truck. The resulting spinal cord injury left him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.
|Lovell with his first wife, speed skater Sylvia Burke, shortly after the tragic accident in 1983. (photo from the Toronto Star Archives)|
Lovell would become a major advocate for spinal cord research in his life, but reportedly continued to suffer from health effects and complications from his life-changing accident. He died last week, June 3rd, with his second wife, Neil, at his bedside.
What a terrible loss. Jocelyn Lovell, Rest in Peace.