Victoria Burke, Daughter of Attorney David Burke, featured in Sports Illustrated Story

Victoria Burke Photo Courtesy of U.S. Rowing

Victoria Burke
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Rowing

David Burke was very proud of his daughter Victoria, and he would have been delighted by the Sports Illustrated story that looks at a particular challenge for Victoria on her journey to compete in the Olympics this summer in Brazil.

A partner with Cramer & Anderson, Attorney Burke died in March as a result of injuries from a cycling accident that occurred near Bantam Lake in Morris when the front tire of his bicycle hit a pothole and he was propelled into a guardrail.

Attorney Burke was an avid cyclist, and he had ridden on parts of the Tour de France route with Victoria, a premier rower who is training to compete in lightweight double sculls.

Sports Illustrated wrote about the balancing act involving size and weight in a story that opens like this:

Victoria Burke’s New Year’s Resolution this January was to lose weight, 11 pounds to be exact. Standing 5’6” and weighing 133 pounds, Burke had a healthy body-mass index of 21.5 and was working out more than 20 hours a week at the California Rowing Club in Oakland, Calif. But to achieve the dream of rowing for the U.S. Olympic team in Rio this summer, Burke and her lightweight double sculling partner, Nancy Miles, have to be under a combined weight of 114 kilos (251.3 pounds). That means 129 pounds for 5’9” Miles, and 122 pounds for Burke.

Read the full story at Sports Illustrated online, and also see the firm’s tribute to Attorney Burke, who was treasured by his colleagues as a “phenomenal person” and “incredibly talented lawyer.”

David Burke cycling on a portion of the Tour de France route with his daughter Victoria.

David Burke cycling on a portion of the Tour de France route with his daughter Victoria.