Cat Osterman plans to be as busy with retirement as she was one of the greatest softball careers of all time.
A left-handed American pitcher has won an Olympic gold medal and two silver medals, ending his decorative career as the first Athletics Unlimited personal softball champion last year.
Monday is the last day of the Athletes Unlimited season. The 38-year-old Osterman then shifts his focus to becoming a wife, stepmother, and director of the Youth Softball Program.
“I find a balance between excitement, sadness and relief-there’s all a little of it,” she said. “I’m excited to close this chapter. I know in my heart and heart that it’s time to do it. It has nothing to do with the body, only with life. Something It’s time to work on something else. “
Osterman won three USA Softball Collegiate Players of the Year at the University of Texas and has since gained a dominant career at the National Pro Fastpitch. She joined Athletes Unlimited last year, looking for ways to keep the Olympics competitive a year behind the coronavirus pandemic. After winning the title, she decided to play last season after the Tokyo Olympics. She was dominant in the Olympics and threw 142/3 scoreless innings. She started a gold medal game with Japan and threw 5 innings with an American 2-0 defeat. The United States also won silver in 2008 and gold in 2004.
“The Olympic experience was different, but at the same time we knew we were still finished in the best sports arena on the best stage,” she said. “That is, I can’t deny that it was the Olympics. It was different from having no fans. Of course, the village changed the COVID protocol even a little. But most of the time we were games. It was different. But at the same time, it’s still completely exciting. “
She won’t win the Athletes Unlimited title this year, but Osterman is one of the league’s best performers. She entered the final weekend and ranked 10th out of 61 players.
She is happy with how she finishes her run.
“Softball has long been the love of my life,” she said. “And it’s sad to know that I’m away from it, but at the same time I honestly don’t know what else I can give, so I know I’m away myself It’s safe just to know. Clause. “
John Patrikov, CEO and co-founder of Athletes Unlimited, said Osterman helped increase the credibility of the softball league.
“Cat played with us, played very well last season and I think he’s a constructive and positive member of the playing community on the field, but even off the field, it probably happened in a short history. It’s one of the most important things. Athletes Unlimited. ” “She really made a huge contribution.”
She still contributes to sports. The Major League Baseball Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program had affiliates in Austin, Texas, with Osterman playing college balls. RBI Austin approached her on the addition of a softball program and she agreed to take over as director.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for some of these girls who may not have the opportunity to understand what softball is, but try two and see if it stimulates your passion.” she said. “Because if we don’t introduce it, they don’t know what possibilities are open.”