2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Did you know that Canada is a world power in the sport of racquetball? We currently have the men's and women's world champion as well as world junior champions in various age categories. One of those junior champs is Saskatoon's Karina Odegard, a 16 year-old student at Marion Graham High School.
Odegard claimed three more gold medals at the world junior championships in 1998. They were earned in the 16 and under singles and 18 and under doubles and mixed doubles. She now has a total of 10 world junior championship gold medals compiled over the past five years. In mixed doubles she plays alongside her brother Kris and their 14 medal combined total at the world juniors is most ever by one family.
At the 1998 world juniors, Odegard played 12 matches, many of which were back to back. On the final day of competition, she played three matches within a five hour span. She also has some celebrity status in her hometown She won a reader's poll in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix daily newspaper as the city's top athlete in 1997.