In July, 16-year-old Swiss tennis star Martina Hingisbecomes the youngest Wimbledon champion since 1887. Hingis 111ns three of the four 1997 Urand Slam events.
The Florida Marlins are baseball's 1997 World Series champs and the first team ever to 1vin the Series without 111nning its league pennant. TheMarlins deteat the Cleveland lnd1ans mseven games.
Quarterback John Elway leads the Denver Broncos to a31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, .January 25, 1998. It is Elway's first Super Bowl winin four appearances.
Tiger Woods, 21, becomes the youngest golfer ever to win theMasters Tournament. His 18-under-par score sets d l1ld~let b 1 ~Lutli. Wuut.l~ wins 3other ttJurn~lllf'llls and sets aPGA Tour earnings record of $2.1 million for thf' ~f'il~On
Mike 'lyson biles oj I part ol Evander Holyfield's ear and is disqualified in the WBA Heavyweight rematch in .June 14YI 'l'~<'\n ~~ unfl!1 n1wry ~.; 11111111111 and his boxing license is revoked.
Swedish golfing phenomenon Annika Sorenstam, 26, tops the LPGA earnings list in 1997 with a record $1,236,789. Professional sports salaries keep skyrocketing. One of the most publicized of 1997 is Kevin Garnett's S126 milr1011 contract to play basketbaD for the Minnesota Tunberwolves.
In Aprill997, the premier issue of Sports Illustrated Women hits the newsstands. The magazine reflects the explosive growth of female participation in sports.
Charles Woodson, Michigan's versatile junior cornerback, becomes the first primarily defensive player to 1l1n the Heisman Trophy, awarded in December.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux retires in April 1997 after aspectacular comeback from Hodgkin's disease and injuf). Lemieux is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in September.
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