Ed Odeven Reporting

This feature article appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Headline: Just another athlete

January 3, 2004

By Ed Odeven

Elisabeth Walker is one of the best athletes you’ve never heard of.

Take 1999, for instance, when she set four world records in a span of 10 days.

The encore? A year later, the Canadian swimmer captured three gold medals at a prestigious international competition in Sydney, Australia. All told, Walker set eight world records during the year.

Since then, Walker has continued to establish herself as one of Canada’s aquatic stars. At the Ontario University Athletic Championships in February 2002, Walker shattered four world records in the 50-meter butterfly, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley in one weekend.

While watching Walker swim, you see the graceful, efficient techniques of a seasoned veteran.

It isn’t until she steps out of the pool that you realize, in a sense, that…

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