1997 in sports

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1997 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


Years in sports: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Years: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

Association football[edit]

For an extensive coverage see 1997 in Association football

Athletics[edit]

Australian football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Dogsled racing[edit]

  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion
    • Martin Buser won with lead dogs: Blondie & Fearless

Field hockey[edit]

  • Men's Champions Trophy: Germany
  • Women's Champions Trophy: Australia

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]

Golf[edit]

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Handball[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

  • The Grand National Saturday meeting was abandoned after two coded bomb threats were received, causing evacuation of the course. The race was eventually run on the following Monday.

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1997 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 7 UFC 12: Judgement Day N/A United States Dothan, Alabama, US 3,100 N/A UFC rule change, split main tournament into heavyweight (200lbs+) and lightweight (Under 200lbs) divisions. Eight-man tournament ceases. Introduction of titles. Superfights cease.
May 30 UFC 13: Ultimate Force N/A United States Augusta, Georgia, US 5,100 N/A Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only.
July 27 UFC 14: Showdown N/A United States Birmingham, Alabama, US 5,000 N/A UFC rule change, requires fighters to use 4–6 oz gloves.
October 11 Pride 1 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan 47,860 N/A Pride FC's first event.

The event featured one kickboxing bout between Branko Cikatić and Ralph White.

October 17 UFC 15: Collision Course N/A United States Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US N/A N/A UFC rule change, redefined permissible striking areas.
December 21 UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan UFC 15.5 Japan Yokohama, Japan 5,000 N/A This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.

Motor racing[edit]

Radiosport[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 1997 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Snooker[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Taekwondo[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

  • Men's World League: Italy
  • Women's World Grand Prix: Russia
  • Men's European Championship: Netherlands
  • Women's European Championship: Russia

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's World Cup: USA
  • Men's European Championship: Hungary
  • Women's European Championship: Italy

Multi-sport events[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]