1997 Sportswoman of the Year

Barbara ODDONE

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Tennis

The sport's best female player in history, Barbara again came out first at the World Games for the Deaf singles event at Copenhagen. There she also gained 2 more gold medals in the doubles and mixed doubles categories. She also beat many hearing players at home and abroad.

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

AthleteCountrySport
ZALAEVA RimmaFlag: Russian Federation Russian Federation (RUS)Orienteering
MILLER Ronda JoFlag: United States United States (USA)Basketball
MYRVOLL ToneFlag: Norway Norway (NOR)Cross Country Skiing
VAN DEN BERG IlseFlag: Netherlands Netherlands (NED)Swimming
WAGNEROVA TerezaFlag: Czech Republic Czech Republic (CZE)Athletics
VERGULT GreetFlag: Belgium Belgium (BEL)Swimming
SANDELL SaimiFlag: Estonia Estonia (EST)Athletics
CHEREZOVA OlgaFlag: Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (UZB)Volleyball
FRYDYNSKA EwelinaFlag: Poland Poland (POL)Athletics
ALENGOZ ZinaidaFlag: Belarus Belarus (BLR)Athletics

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year