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Karen Neville, who also competed under her maiden name of Karen Bowkett, is one of only five women to have won the title of World Overall Champion more than once. Karen was a two-time winner, in 1985 and 1991.
Karen competed in the World Championships on the Australian team from 1979 to 1991 and earned two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in that period. Marriage apparently agrees with Karen, since in the three World Championships prior to her marriage she never placed higher than eleventh in any event; in the four tournaments after her marriage, in addition to the two gold medals in overall, she placed second and third overall and only once fell below sixth in any event. With ten Moomba overall titles and more than ten Australian overall victories, Karen has been Australia's strongest overall skier, and her excellence as an ambassador for the sport was recognized with an O.A.M. and the Australian sportswoman of the year in 1985.
I am pleased to announce the induction into the International Hall of Fame of a two-time World overall champion: Karen Neville.