For the Tokyo Olympics this summer time, For The Win helps you get to know a few of the star Olympians competing on the world’s largest stage. Main as much as the Opening Ceremony, we’re highlighting 23 athletes in 23 days. Up subsequent up is Cat Osterman.
Cat Osterman is a softball legend, and now, on the age of 38, she’s again for an additional run with Crew USA.
Osterman, a left-handed pitcher, received two Olympic medals with Crew USA after which later retired from the game again in 2015. She returned once more in 2018 with the aim of constructing yet another Olympic run, and now, she’s going to Tokyo the place she ought to play an enormous half in serving to the U.S. workforce win one other medal.
Let’s get to know the Houston native a bit, we could?
Osterman was an enormous a part of the 2004 U.S. workforce that received the gold medal on the Athens Olympics.
She received two video games in Greece and likewise picked up a save. She struck out 23 batters, a excessive for Crew USA, throughout the gold-medal run.
Osterman returned to the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing and helped lead the workforce to a silver medal.
She pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 batters in a win towards Australia. Osterman additionally gave up two runs and three hits in Crew USA’s loss to Japan within the gold medal sport, which was the workforce’s first loss since 2000.
Osterman was a pressure throughout her 4 years at Texas the place she was the one participant to ever be named the USA Softball Collegiate Participant of the 12 months 3 times — in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
She additionally received an ESPY for the Prime Collegiate Feminine Athlete in each 2005 and 2006. She was a four-time Massive 12 Pitcher of the 12 months, which is fairly good.
Osterman was inducted into the Texas Sports activities Corridor of Fame again in 2013. Who else was in that HOF Class? Drew Brees, Shaquille O’Neal, Ricky Williams, and former Dallas Cowboys RB Walt Garrison. Fairly cool.
I imply, have a look at how joyful she is in all of these selfies on the flight to the Olympics. It has to really feel fairly superb for her to be going again yet another time to assist Crew USA win one other medal.
The U.S. has dominated Olympic softball previously with gold medals on the 1996 Atlanta Video games and the 2000 Sydney Video games, along with Athens in 2004 when Osterman was on the workforce. However, as we talked about, Japan snapped Crew USA’s 22-game win streak in Beijing in 2008, so the favored Individuals will likely be on the lookout for revenge.
Six nations will compete in softball on the Tokyo Olympics: USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Italy. Competitors begins July 21, two days earlier than the Opening Ceremony.