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Linda French

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLinda Jean•French
Used nameLinda•French
Born4 March 1964 in Elmhurst, Illinois (USA)
Measurements162 cm / 55 kg
NOC United States


Linda French competed at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in badminton. She won bronze medals at the 1995 Pan American Games in doubles and mixed doubles. Best known as a doubles player, her biggest titles included winning the 1988 Iceland Open doubles (with Pam Batungbacal) and the 1987 Winnipeg Open mixed doubles (alongside Anil Kaul). French won eight medals at the US Olympic Festivals, a record for a badminton player, and was on the US National team from 1985-96. She was US women’s doubles champion from 1986-89. A graduate of Arizona State University, French also studied at the University of Wisconsin and then obtained a law degree at the University of San Diego. She then worked as an immigration attorney in Naples, Florida.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Badminton USA Linda French
Singles, Women (Olympic) =17
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Joy Kitzmiller =17
1996 Summer Olympics Badminton USA Linda French
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Erika Von Heiland =17

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