1997 Sportswoman of the Year

Barbara ODDONE

Photo: Barbara ODDONE

Flag: Italy Italy (ITA)


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:

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