1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Olympic Softball Stars: Where Are They Now


What some of the top softball players from previous Olympics are up to these days:

Jennie Finch from the 2004 Olympics

Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Who is Jennie Finch: Arguably the most famous softball player ever, Finch was a pitcher on the 2004 gold medal U.S. Team. She went 2-0 in the Olympics and she's 34-2 in her international career.

Where is Jennie Finch: The statuesque blonde is a pop-culture star who once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and posed in the magazine's swimsuit edition. She's married to pro baseball pitcher Casey Daigle and gave birth to a son in 2006. She appeared on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008, and made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Dot Richardson from 1996 and 2000 Olympics

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Who is Dot Richardson: She represented the United States as a softball second baseman in two Olympics, and hit the game-winning home run in the gold-medal game in 1996 in Atlanta, when the United States beat China 3-1.

Where is Dot Richardson: She's married, a doctor, and the medical director of the USA Triathlon National Training Center, a part of South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Fla., vice chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the commissioner of the softball PFX Tour.

Lisa Fernandez from 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Who is Lisa Fernandez: She was a part of three gold-medal winning United States softball teams as a pitcher. She struck out 25 batters in a game against Australia in 2004, and also hit .545 in the 2000 Olympics. In a pre-Olympic tour in 2004, she threw five consecutive perfect games.

Where is Lisa Fernandez: She's an assistant coach for the UCLA women's softball team and a color analyst for ESPN. She gave birth to a son in 2005, and made the 2008 Olympic team.

Michele Granger from 1996 Olympics

Tony Duffy/Allsport via Getty Images

Who is Michele Granger: A power pitcher once clocked at 72 mph (from 40 feet, that's the equivalent of a 112 mph fastball in baseball), she was the winning pitcher in the gold-medal game in 1996. She's was the all-time strikeout leader in college softball after her career at California.

Where is Michele Granger: She's married and a mother in Davis, Calif.

Natasha Watley from the 2004 Olympics

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Who is Natasha Watley: The first African-American athlete to play on the U.S. softball team in the Olympics, she played shortstop and first base for the 2004 gold medalists. She hit .400 in the Olympics.

Where is Natasha Watley: Playing professional softball, a volunteer assistant coach for her alma mater, UCLA, and preparing for the 2008 Olympics.

Cat Osterman from the 2004 Olympics

Ben Radford/Getty Images

Who is Cat Osterman: The 6-foot-3 lefty went 2-0 with a save on the mound for the USA in 2004, in the midst of a stellar career at the University of Texas. She's second all-time in NCAA history in strikeouts.

Where is Cat Osterman: Playing professional softball, a part-time softball analyst on ESPN, and a spokesperson for Under Armour. She made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Crystl Bustos from the 2000 and 2004 Olympics

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Who is Crystl Bustos: One of the best softball hitters in the world, she broke Olympics records with five home runs and 10 RBI for the gold-medal winning 2004 U.S. team, and hit two homers in the gold-medal game.

Where is Crystl Bustos: Playing professional softball and preparing for the 2008 Olympics.

Stacey Nuveman from the 2000 and 2004 Olympics

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Who is Stacey Nuveman: A catcher, she had the only hit of the 2000 gold-medal game and a home run in the 2004 gold-medal game. She holds the NCAA Division I career record for most home runs with 91, playing for UCLA.

Where is Stacey Nuveman: Married in 2003, she gave birth to her first child in 2007. She works as a television analyst and will return to the field for the 2008 Olympics.

Tanya Harding from the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics

Nick Wilson/Allsport via Getty Images

Who is Tanya Harding: A pitcher for Australia, she led her country to medals in each of the first three Olympics games. She pitched for UCLA in 1995, when the Bruins won the College World Series.

Where is Tanya Harding: She gave birth to a daughter in 2001 and holds clinics and speaks to groups in Australia.

Back to Olympic Baseball Main Page.

  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. MLB
  4. International
  5. Olympic Softball
  6. Olympic Softball Stars: Where Are They Now

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.