Michelle Gould (racquetball)

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Michelle Gould
Personal information
Birth name Michelle Gilman
Nationality American
Born (1970-12-22) December 22, 1970 (age 43)
Ontario, Oregon
Residence Boise, Idaho
Sport
Sport Racquetball
Turned pro 1989
Retired 1999
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking No. 1 (1990-91, 1992-93 to 1997-98)

Michelle Gould (née Gilman), born December 22, 1970, is a retired American racquetball player. She was the dominant player in the 1990s, finishing as the #1 player on the women's pro tour seven of those 10 seasons. Gould was once called "the best, man or woman, to ever play" racquetball.[1] She had a strong drive serve. Injuries led to her retirement in 1999.

Professional career[edit]

Gould first appeared in the women's pro tour season ending top 10 at #2 in 1989-90, and then finished #1 in seven of the next eight seasons. After her final season at #1, Gould disappeared from the top 10.

Gould's professional career was highlighted by winning the first two US Open Racquetball Championships in 1996 and 1997.[2] During one stretch of her pro career (Oct 1995-May 1997), Gould won 18 consecutive tournaments in a row, and 30 of 33.[3]

International career[edit]

Gould won her first International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championship in 1992 by defeating Canadian Heather Stupp in the final, which avenged a loss to Stupp two years earlier. She then won the next two World Championships in 1994 and 1996, respectively defeating Robin Levine (USA) and Cheryl Gudinas (USA) in the finals.[4]

She won the Pan American Championships (formerly the Tournament of the Americas) six times: four times in singles in 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1998[5] and twice in doubles in 1994 with Robin Levine and 1996 with Cheryl Gudinas.[6]

Gould also won gold medals at the 1993 World Games and the 1995 Pan American Games.

USA championships[edit]

Gould's 8 US Nationals Championships in singles is tied for most won by a woman with Cheryl Gudinas[7] Gould won those 8 titles in a 9 year span from 1989 to 1997 interrupted only by Robin Levine's victory in 1994.

Gould also won 6 US National Doubles titles. The first was with Cindy Doyle in 1989. Then she won two with Jackie Paraiso in 1990 and 1991. Laura Fenton was Gould's partner for the 1993 title, and Cheryl Gudinas won the 1995 and 1996 championships with Gould.[8]

Personal[edit]

Born Michelle Gilman, she married Rod Gould in 1992. Gould grew up in Ontario, Oregon, and she first took racquetball lessons in Boise, Idaho, where she later lived with her husband.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1008237/1/index.htm
  2. ^ http://usaracquetball.com/RecordBooks/USOpenChampions.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.lindamojer.com/04web_bkup/racqmag/1998/9803/983gould.htm Racquetball Magazine, 1998, Vol. 9, #3
  4. ^ http://www.internationalracquetball.com/worlds/03worlds.htm
  5. ^ http://www.racquetball.ca/en/magazine/volume_01/issue_06/page3.html
  6. ^ http://www.internationalracquetball.com/parc/02trnams.htm
  7. ^ http://usaracquetball.com/RecordBooks/SinglesChampions.aspx
  8. ^ http://usaracquetball.com/RecordBooks/DoublesChampions.aspx
  9. ^ http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1008237/1/index.htm
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lynn Adams
Jackie Paraiso Gibson
#1 Women's Pro Racquetball Player
1990-91
1992-93 to 1997-98
Succeeded by
Jackie Paraiso Gibson
Jackie Paraiso