If you wish comeback stories, allow us to introduce you to Cat Osterman. one of the highest pitchers in the world during her long career, Osterman has pitched USA Softball through two Olympic tournaments, but after 2008, she wasn’t sure she’d get an opportunity for a 3rd. Enter the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Softball is back, then is Osterman, six years after hanging up her cleats in retirement. It hasn’t taken long for Osterman to say her dominance once more, starting the Americans’ first game of the Olympic tournament and pitching a three-hit shutout through six innings before fellow pitching legend and ’08 teammate Monica Abbott came on in relief to preserve the win.
That’s not all Osterman and Abbott have in common: they’re both natural lefties, stand over six feet tall (Osterman is one inch shorter, at 6-foot-2), and dominated the NCAA softball ranks within the same era within the 2000s. But while Abbott continued her playing career through the 2010s, Osterman’s retirement and the improbable comeback has left her teammates in awe. Back and prepared to reclaim gold, Osterman is looking better than ever, and we’re able to come along for the ride. Keep reading for everything you would like to understand about this softball icon.