After recovering from a serious knee injury that kept her out of the 1998
Commonwealth Games, Kara Solmundson and her mixed doubles partner Mike
Beres were Canada's number-one ranked team internationally after the
Olympic qualification period at number-18 in the world. The pair completed
an unbelievable trek to make the Olympics competing at 20 different
tournaments in the one-year qualifying period including a dozen in the
final four months.
"The qualifying process was insane and very stressful," said Solmundson,
also an excellent singles player. "I don't know if I could do it again.
But it seems like the more pressure there was, the stronger we played.
With all the travelling we learned not to think about badminton all the
time. We needed to have some kind of edge when we competed."
Highlights for the pair, also a couple off the court, were second place at
the 1999 world team trials and numerous international tournament wins
including three straight victories in April 2000. A top-16 placing in
either singles or mixed doubles in Sydney is her goal.
Kara Solmundson, Winnipeg, lost 11-4, 11-4 to Lidya Djaelawijaya, Indonesia, in first round, eliminated.
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