Lynn Burke

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLynn Edythe•Burke (-McConville)
Used nameLynn•Burke
Born22 March 1943 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsSanta Clara SC, Santa Clara (USA)
NOC United States


After an interval of 28 years, Lynn Burke of the Santa Clara Swim Club brought the women’s Olympic 100m backstroke title back to America. Her many other interests restricted her career as a top-flight swimmer, but she won four AAU individual titles and two in the relays. In 1960 she lowered the world 100m backstroke record four times within the space of three months. Lynn Burke later became a successful New York model, author, and business woman, and raised three children.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Lynn Burke
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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