Middle row from left: Jessica Mendoza, Victoria Galindo, Tairia Flowers, Crystl Bustos
Front row from left: Kelly Kretschman, Lovie Jung, Laura Berg, Andrea Duran
The U.S softball team took the field in the 2008 Olympic Games hoping to do double duty—win another medal and give the Olympic sport a fond farewell. They certainly hit it out of the park! Team USA™ had won 22 consecutive games before losing to Japan 3-1 in the gold medal matchup, but they've added silver to their heavy metal load.
Though softball won't be included in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, the team hasn't counted it out for 2016. "We had a heavy heart going in, but there's no better place to bring it back than Chicago," pitcher Jennie Finch says.