1997 Sportswoman of the Year

Barbara ODDONE

Photo: Barbara ODDONE

Flag: Italy Italy (ITA)

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 Rimma flag: Russian Federation RUSOrienteering
MILLER Ronda Jo flag: United States USABasketball
MYRVOLL Tone flag: Norway NORCross Country Skiing
VAN DEN BERG Ilse flag: Netherlands NEDSwimming
WAGNEROVA Tereza flag: Czech Republic CZEAthletics
VERGULT Greet flag: Belgium BELSwimming
SANDELL Saimi (Pevkur)flag: Estonia ESTAthletics
CHEREZOVA Olga flag: Uzbekistan UZBVolleyball
FRYDYNSKA Ewelina flag: Poland POLAthletics
ALENGOZ Zinaida flag: Belarus BLRAthletics