The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not so distantly — related. Along the way we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Sylvia Burka, speed skater, cyclist, coach (b at Winnipeg 4 May 1954). Through hard work and determination, she overcame a visual handicap to become a world-class athlete in 2 sports. Despite losing an eye in a childhood accident, Burka was Canada's national junior SPEED-SKATING champion by age 15.
Francis Lawrence Lukeman, (born at Montréal 20 Jun 1885; died at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC 23 Dec 1946). Nicknamed the "Flying Canuck" thanks to the great speed that he exhibited in athletic competitions, he took part in the OLYMPIC GAMES in London (1908) and Stockholm (1912) in TRACK AND FIELD.
Nancy Ellen Garapick, swimmer (b at Halifax 24 Sept 1961). Although proficient in backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley, she enjoyed possibly her greatest success in the backstroke, setting a world record of 2:16.33 for the 200 m (1975) and a Canadian and Olympic mark of 1:03.