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August 24, 2004

USA softball wins gold vs. Aussies USA softball wins gold vs. Aussies

"Team USA captured the gold today by beating Australia 5-1, capping one of the most dominant team performances in Olympic history.

The team's 79th win in a row was golden for the Tucson connection - the first gold medal for coach Mike Candrea of the University of Arizona, ex-Wildcats Jennie Finch and Lovie Jung and Tucson native Tairia Mims-Flowers. Former UA outfielder Leah O'Brien-Amico, meanwhile, won her third gold.

Crystal Bustos was the big slugger today, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, scoring O'Brien-Amico."

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United States wins Softball gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Australia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Japan

August 23, 2004

U.S. women's softball could be golden today

"One win from gold. One shutout from perfection.

Lisa Fernandez reacts after the final out of the team's semifinal game agaisnt Australia Sunday.
Click photo for larger image.

The U.S. softball team, unbeaten, unscored upon and almost unbelievable, rolled to its eighth consecutive shutout yesterday, 5-0, against Australia, and into the gold medal game.

"We're here for one thing," pitcher Lisa Fernandez said, "and that's to win a gold medal."

To take their third consecutive Olympic title, the Americans will have to beat the Australians -- the closest thing they have to an archrival -- again.

After getting beat by the United States earlier yesterday in the heat, Australia took cold showers, ate sandwiches, reapplied sun block and qualified for today's championship game by beating Japan 3-0 behind Tanya Harding's fourth shutout.

"We want another bite of the cherry," Australian coach Simon Roskvist said. "They're tough, but so are we. We're going to come right at them.""

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Australia defeats Japan in Softball - Will play US in Final

"Kerry Wyborn hit a three-run double and Tanya Harding pitched another shutout as Australia beat Japan 3-0 on Sunday, setting up a rematch with the United States in the gold medal game.

Harding, who didn't start when the Aussies lost 5-0 to the U.S. team in the semifinals earlier on Sunday, blanked Japan on three hits. She's 4-0 and hasn't given up a run in 33 innings in the tournament.

Australia has been outscored 15-0 in its two losses in these games against the Americans, whose eight wins have all been shutouts.

Harding has beaten the U.S. team twice before in Olympic play - the only pitcher ever to do so. She'll likely start the gold medal game, too. With the win over Japan, the Aussies are guaranteed at least a silver medal after winning bronze in the past two Olympics."

Read more at Aussies Win, Will Play for Softball Gold

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August 22, 2004

One more for gold: U.S. beats Australia 5-0 in Softball

"One more victory and the U.S. softball team will have its goal: a third Olympic gold.

USA pitcher Lisa Fernandez lets out a yell after the American's win over Australia in the semi-finals.

Right now, the Americans aren't just a Dream Team they're more like the Perfect Team.

Lisa Fernandez pitched a three-hitter Sunday and Crystl Bustos drove in two runs as the Americans rolled to their eighth shutout in eight days, 5-0 over Australia, putting them into the gold medal game.

On Monday, the United States will play the winner of Sunday's bronze medal matchup between the Aussies and Japan. At this point, the opponent might not matter."

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Japan beats China 1-0 in Olympic softball

"Reika Utsugi hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and Yukiko Ueno pitched a shutout, giving Japan a 1-0 win over China and at least a bronze medal in softball.

However, Japan's victory wasn't sealed until Li Chunxia was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Utsugi's liner to center off Lu Wei advanced the defending silver medalists to Sunday's bronze medal game. Japan (5-3) will face the loser of the second semifinal between the United States and Australia.

The loser of that game gets the bronze, with the winner advancing to play for the gold on Monday."

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August 20, 2004

Australia defeat Canada 1 - 0 in Softball - Medal Guaranteed

Australia are guaranteed a medal in Softball competition after defeating Canada tonight 1 - 0. Even if they loose their next match the will still win at least a Bronze medal.

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August 19, 2004

U.S. softball team makes it six shutouts in six games with 7-0 victory over Greece

"Lisa Fernandez won an Olympic softball game that looked more like a California reunion. Fernandez, one of 12 Californians on the U.S. team, pitched a one-hitter as the two-time defending gold medalists made it six shutouts in six games with a shortened 7-0 victory Thursday over a Greek team with a distinct American flavor.

With 11 Californians now adopted "Hellas," Greece (2-4) did all it could to hang with the U.S. (6-0). But as they've done against their first five opponents, the Americans wore the Greeks down, winning for the fourth time in the tournament in five innings because they were too far ahead.

Fernandez hit an RBI single in the third inning for the only run she would need. Leah O'Brien-Amico and Jessica Mendoza added two RBIs apiece as the Americans again demonstrated their superiority in every aspect of the game.

The 33-year-old Fernandez, a three-time Olympian, only allowed two runners to reach base. She didn't give up her first hit until the fifth when Greece infielder Ginny Georgantas, a former South Florida standout, lined a single to left."

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Australia eyes softball medal

"AUSTRALIA'S softball team has gold in its sights after almost guaranteeing itself a berth in the Olympic medal playoffs with a 5-0 extra innings win over China overnight.

Australia joined the mighty US team as the only countries with four wins to their name, while Canada, China, Greece and Taipei each have two victories.

The win should guarantee Australia a top four spot and could be enough to secure it first or second place after the preliminary round.

Once again Australia's success was built around pitcher Tanya Harding who has been in great form and kept China scoreless."

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Australia eyes softball medal

"AUSTRALIA'S softball team has gold in its sights after almost guaranteeing itself a berth in the Olympic medal playoffs with a 5-0 extra innings win over China overnight.

Australia joined the mighty US team as the only countries with four wins to their name, while Canada, China, Greece and Taipei each have two victories.

The win should guarantee Australia a top four spot and could be enough to secure it first or second place after the preliminary round.

Once again Australia's success was built around pitcher Tanya Harding who has been in great form and kept China scoreless."

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US defeat Canada in Women's Softball

"Jennie Finch pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Lisa Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer as the U.S. softball team posted their fifth straight shutout, beating Canada 7-0 on Thursday in five innings to clinch a spot in this weekend's semifinals.

Crystl Bustos and Lisa Fernandez homered for the two-time defending gold medal-winning U.S. squad, which has outscored its opponents 31-0 and appears to be in a class by themselves in the eight-team field.

Consider this: the Americans have three "mercy rule" wins in the tourney; they've won 75 straight games; four of the five American victories have been one-hitters; and Canada (2-3) was just the second team to get a runner to third base."

Read more at Finch Pitches U.S. Past Canada in Softball

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U.S. softball more than Jennie Finch

That Jennie Finch. No one can get enough of her.

Finch is not quite the star of the U.S. Olympic softball team, but she is definitely the celebrity most wanted by the media, even when she isn't playing.

There she was, makeup perfectly applied, walking off the field after sitting in the dugout for two hours without ever throwing a pitch.

Lori Harrigan fired a one-hitter in the 90-degree heat of the early Greek sun, a scant kilometer from the blue Aegean Sea.

But the clamor wasn't around Harrigan. The reporters made sure to stop Finch, who had nothing to do with the 4-0 win over perennial U.S. pest China.

Media members wanted to make sure that got a ponder of the 6-1 Finch, who was recognized by ESPN.com as one of the ''hottest'' female athletes, ahead of Anna Kournikova, and by People magazine as one of its 50 most beautiful people.

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August 17, 2004

Softball: U.S. beats China 4-0

Softball: U.S. beats China 4-0
"The zeros are beginning to line up like Olympic rings for the U.S. softball team. Lori Harrigan allowed only a first-inning bunt single and Crystl Bustos homered Tuesday as the Americans posted their fourth straight shutout of the games, 4-0 over China.

Harrigan, a security supervisor at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas when she's not whipping fastballs past hitters, struck out eight as the U.S. (4-0) coasted past another of the tournament's medal contenders.

"She was awesome," said catcher Jenny Topping, who added two hits. "She had her full arsenal.""

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Warming up: QA with Jennie Finch

"Jennie Finch, who helped the United States win the gold medal in the 2002 World Championships, will make her Olympic debut in Athens. The righthanded pitcher led the University of Arizona to the NCAA title as a junior by going 32-0, an NCAA record for victories in an undefeated season. She joined baseball's Alex Rodriguez and auto racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the only athletes among People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in the spring of 2004. In 2003 the California native was voted ESPN.com's "Hottest Female Athlete," unseating tennis player Anna Kournikova. She is a correspondent for "This Week in Baseball" on the Fox network and is engaged to Casey Daigle, a pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization."

Read the interview at Warming up: QA with Jennie Finch

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August 16, 2004

U.S. defeat Japan 3-0 in Softball

"Not sun. Not wind. Not Japan. Right now, nothing can stop the U.S. Olympic softball team. Helped by two errors, one on a ball lost in the unforgiving Mediterranean glare, the Americans scored three runs in the eighth Monday for a 3-0 win over Japan. The victory extends the U.S. team's winning streak to 73 games.

Cat Osterman, the U.S. team's youngest player, pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the United States (3-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the eight-team Athens tournament.

After two blowouts to open round-robin play, the U.S. team couldn't get a hit for the first seven innings. But Japan couldn't score either, and the game went to the international tiebreaker where each team gets to start the eighth inning with a runner at second base."

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US defeat Australia - Softball

"Lisa Fernandez and the U.S. softball team showed Australia no mercy. Fernandez allowed one hit and the Americans dominated their old Olympic nemesis, blowing out the two-time bronze medalists 10-0 Sunday in a game called after five innings because the Aussies were too far behind.

International rules state a game ends whenever a team trails by more than seven runs after five innings - the so-called slaughter rule.

This one certainly qualified.

After an eight-run fourth inning, all Fernandez had to do was get three outs in the fifth to finish off Australia (1-1), the only team to beat the United States twice in Olympic competition. Both times, Fernandez was the loser."

Read more at U.S. Softball Team Again Shows No Mercy

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August 15, 2004

Australian softballers power past Japan

"Australia has roared out of the gate in Olympic softball with a 4-2 victory over Japan on the opening day of the Olympic softball program.

Australian third baseman Natalie Titcume starred with a two-run, slamming a pitch to the deepest part of the Olympic softball stadium in centre in the fourth inning to put Australia ahead 3-2.

The Australians added another run in the fifth to put the game out of reach when designated player Stacey Porter singled to left, scoring Natalie Ward, who opened the frame with an infield single.

Japan had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first innings."

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August 14, 2004

Tanya Harding Bails Out Australian Softball Team against Japan

"Tanya Harding bailed out Australia by pitching 6 1-3 innings of no-hit relief, and Natalie Titcume hit a two-run homer as the Aussies beat Japan 4-2.

Harding came off the bench in the first inning to replace starter Brooke Wilkins, who walked five to force in two runs for Japan. Harding, a three-time Olympian, shut down the defending silver medalists the rest of the way, retiring 19 of the 20 batters she faced."

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U.S. Softball Team Cruises Past Italy 7-0

"Jennie Finch and the U.S. softball team made an Olympic debut that was sweaty, short and thoroughly satisfying. Finch didn't allow a hit in three innings, and the Americans began their run toward a third straight gold medal on Saturday with a shortened 7-0 victory in over Italy in their tournament opener.

Natasha Watley went 4-for-4, hitting a two-run triple in the fifth inning to put the United States up by seven runs, invoking the mercy rule that ended the game.

Three-time Olympian Lisa Fernandez had an RBI single as the U.S. team extended its winning streak to 71 straight games since July 2003.

Finch, who has received more pre-Olympic publicity than her teammates because of her stunning looks, struck out five of the 10 batters she faced before being pulled by U.S. coach Mike Candrea."

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U.S. Softball Team Faces Tough, Early Test

"As great as the U.S. softball team has been in winning the sport's first two Olympic gold medals, there's been one problem. Australia.

While the Americans are 15-4 in Olympic play, two of the losses were to the Aussies. Both were excruciating, too, each coming on game-ending home runs in extra innings.

The women known as Aussie Spirit would love nothing more than doing it again, maybe even in the gold-medal game on Aug. 23, a matchup that many consider very likely.

But why wait until then? Luck of the draw has the rivalry being renewed Sunday in the second game of round-robin play.

The Americans have been tightlipped about the game, realizing anything they say could end up as motivational fodder for the only team with a winning record against them in the Olympics. Instead, they're instead talking about their high hopes and equally high expectations.

"Anything less than winning a gold medal would be a huge disappointment for this team," pitching ace Lisa Fernandez said."

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Japan, US stand between Aussies and softball gold

"Australia's softballers begin their quest for gold when they take on Sydney silver medallists Japan in the first match of the Olympic tournament in Athens today.

The Australians have won bronze at the past two Olympics and are hoping for a medal of a more precious kind this time around.

But the Japanese will be tough first-up adversaries - they are still hurting after an extra-inning loss to the Americans in the gold-medal game in Sydney in 2000.

The United States team start their quest for a third straight Olympic gold medal today when they take to the diamond against Italy.

Canada will take on Taiwan and China square off against hosts Greece.

Each team will play the others once and the top four teams go into a playoff round for the medals."

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August 12, 2004

Jennie Finch - US Olympic Softball Team

jennie_finch.jpgBy far the most popular page on this site in the past 24 hours is one dedicated to US Softball team member - Jennie Finch (many spell her name Jenny Finch).

We thought we'd put together a list of the latest Jennie Finch links that have appeared in news sources over the past few days to keep you up to date with the latest news in the Jennie Finch news frenzy.

- Silver No Option for 'Unknown' U.S. Softball Team - 'And then, of course, there is Jennie Finch: flaxen haired and standing 1.85 meters (6 ft 1 in) tall, she has been named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people and voted ESPN "Hottest Female Athlete." Expected to emerge from the Games with international recognition and endorsement deals to sign, she said: "Any attention that brings notoriety to our sport is good for softball." '

- SOFTBALL SALVATION - which picks up the story of the US softball team's coach wife recently passing away. '"Sue would want him in that third base box more than anyone," said pitcher Jenny Finch, also a former Arizona star. "She wanted to win the gold medal more than anybody."'

- Thoughts on Olympic Skin - picks up the story of the increasing trend of Olympic athletes to pose naked (or close to it) in the lead up to the games. 'Who cares if that appeal is rooted in sex? It's just an entry point. Jennie Finch exploded onto the scene as Page 2's surprise hottest athlete -- dethroning Anna Kournikova, no less. Want to know the bigger surprise? Women's softball is one of ESPN's hottest pieces of programming, and it can't possibly have everything to do with Jennie.'

- It's been 4 years already? - 'Jennie Finch is pitching for the U.S. softball team - the single most dominant aggregation of talent in these Games - and I'll try to catch a little of that because it's real easy on the eyes.'

- Olympicans Turn Gold into Green - 'Jennie Finch, who at 23 years old gets as much attention for her 71-mile-per-hour fastball as her sex appeal, already makes six figures off the diamond from companies such as Bank of America, 24 Hour Fitness and Sprint.'

- Security tight, but Athens eager to let games begin - '"There was so much hype about everything that was wrong -- or that was going to go wrong -- that the country deserves a lot of credit because I can tell you, being here is better than advertised," U.S. Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch said. "To tell you the truth, I was expecting to be scared a little bit when we arrived. But everyone has been treating us great. Yesterday, some of us walked into a beauty store, and they were so happy we came in they gave us free products."'

- Arizona softball star Jennie Finch ready to pitch products - 'After the Athens Games, just one face may stand out to marketers hungry for the next big thing: the pitcher with the ponytail.

Jennie Finch is her name. Softball is her game. Her destiny: fame.

Never heard of her? Get ready for the full Finch. She tosses a ball 71 miles per hour and has set an NCAA record with 60 victories in a row.

Even NBC's Bob Costas will try - but fail - to make contact with one of her sizzling pitches in a taped Olympic segment. By the time the Olympic Games end, Finch may be as familiar as the NBC peacock.

Sports marketers say Finch, 23, ranks among the most marketable Olympians to come along since perky gymnast Mary Lou Retton enchanted a nation two decades ago. In an Olympics so beset by terrorism fears that the athletes have been issued gas masks, Finch provides the simplest diversion of all: sex appeal.

She's also the queen of her sport.'

- US softball beauty eyes post-Athens riches - 'After dethroning Anna Kournikova as the favorite internet sporting beauty and turning down a Playboy pictorial, American softball pitcher Jennie Finch is set for post-Olympic endorsement riches.

The 23-year-old blonde bombshell, who combines glamour-girl looks with Andy Roddick-style arm strength, is featured on "This Week in Baseball" striking out Major League Baseball stars with underarm lightning bolts worthy of Zeus.

"The attention I get has been great. It has opened so many doors for me," Finch said. "It's nice that people are accepting beautiful women as athletes. It's encouraging to girls that muscles don't mean you can't be beautiful."

Finch makes about 400,000 dollars in sponsorship deals with eyeglasses and telephones and could boost that total if the US squad wins a third consecutive gold medal. But she is not taking off her clothes despite a huge Playboy offer.

"I don't know about the dollars but it's quite a great chunk of money," Finch said. "That doesn't interest me. It's more important that I'm a role model for girls."'

Other Older Jennie Finch Articles include:
- When in Doubt, seek out Jenny Finch.
- Official Jennie Finch Site
- Jennie Finch - picutes, photos, wallpapers, posters, desktop themes etc.
- ESPN - Jennie Finch
- Jennie Finch at 'AskMen' (biography, information and pictures)
- 2004 Summer Olympics Profile: Jennie Finch
- Jenny Finch Bio

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USA coach moves on with a heavy heart

As tears welled up in Mike Candrea's eyes, he slowly removed his glasses. His voice choked up, and the words about his wife came haltingly.

"It's tough," the coach of the U.S. women's softball team said, wiping his eye. "You know, Aug. 7 was our anniversary."

Their day of celebration had become yet another day of mourning. Less than a month ago, Mike Candrea buried his wife, Sue, who died from a sudden brain aneurysm. And now, as he readied his gold-medal favorites for the Athens Olympics, Candrea remembered the woman who made his life better in so many ways.

SouthBendTribune.com: Right where he belongs

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August 11, 2004

Jenny Finch rejects Playboy Offer but is set for Riches

"After dethroning Anna Kournikova as the favorite internet sporting beauty and turning down a Playboy pictorial, American softball pitcher Jennie Finch is set for post-Olympic endorsement riches.

The 23-year-old blonde bombshell, who combines glamour-girl looks with Andy Roddick-style arm strength, is featured on "This Week in Baseball" striking out Major League Baseball stars with underarm lightning bolts worthy of Zeus.

"The attention I get has been great. It has opened so many doors for me," Finch said. "It's nice that people are accepting beautiful women as athletes. It's encouraging to girls that muscles don't mean you can't be beautiful."

Finch makes about 400,000 dollars in sponsorship deals with eyeglasses and telephones and could boost that total if the US squad wins a third consecutive gold medal. But she is not taking off her clothes despite a huge Playboy offer."

US softball beauty eyes post-Athens riches

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August 10, 2004

US coach to anchor Chinese softballers against Americans

"American Treshan McDonald, incumbent head coach of the Chinese Olympic softball team, is confident of her disciples' performance in the upcoming Athens Olympic Games.

The 45-year-old told Xinhua Monday that her women players were ready to give their best performance in Athens when she attended the flag-raising ceremony as a member of the Chinese delegation.

"As two-time and reigning Olympic champion, U.S. is certainly astrong team and we must try very hard, but we are ready for the competition," said MaDonald.

McDonald took the helm of the Chinese team only last January, under the recommendation of the International Softball Federation."

Read more at US coach to anchor Chinese softballers against Americans

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Softball's Jennie Finch ready to make her pitch

"After the Athens Games, just one face may stand out to marketers hungry for the next big thing: the pitcher with the ponytail.

Jennie Fitch throws against Canada during a 2003 Pan American Games preliminary match.

Jennie Finch is her name. Softball is her game. Her destiny: fame.

Never heard of her? Get ready for the full Finch. She tosses a ball 71 miles per hour and has set an NCAA record with 60 victories in a row.

Even NBC's Bob Costas will try but fail to make contact with one of her sizzling pitches in a taped Olympic segment. By the time the Olympic Games end, Finch may be as familiar as the NBC peacock.

Sports marketers say Finch, 23, ranks among the most marketable Olympians to come along since perky gymnast Mary Lou Retton enchanted a nation two decades ago. In an Olympics so beset by terrorism fears that the athletes have been issued gas masks, Finch provides the simplest diversion of all: sex appeal."

Read more at Softball's Jennie Finch ready to make her pitch

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August 04, 2004

Canada's Softball Team Prepares for Athens with Gold Medal

"The Canadian women's softball team will arrive in Athens with some momentum.

Erin Cumpstone's two-run triple keyed a pivotal three-run sixth inning that lifted Canada over Taiwan 7-5 in the final of the Prague Softball Cup on Sunday.

Canada faces this same Taiwan team in the first game of the Olympics on Aug. 14.

Canada trailed 5-4 when Kim Sarrazin of St-Eustache, Que., walked, Calgary's Sheena Lawrick singled and Cumpstone, from Saskatoon, triple to right to put Canada ahead. Sasha Olson of Valemount, B.C., made it 7-5 with a sacrifice fly."

Continue Reading Canada wins gold at Prague Softball Cup.

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July 28, 2004

Softball Not in US Prime Time Viewing Slot

"Before you block out your television viewing calendar for the Athens Olympics in hopes of watching Mike Candrea's USA softball team, this (unhappy) news just arrived:

Because there are no lights at the new Olympic softball venue, all games must be played during the daylight hours. Therefore, given the time difference between Tucson, Ariz., and Athens, there will be no prime time TV coverage.

Instead, Candrea's Olympic softball team will play on NBC's lesser-known affiliates _ CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo and the USA Network _ at decidedly off hours.

Five of Team USA's games will begin at 2 a.m. in Tucson. The other two pre-medal round games will begin at 7 a.m. The semifinals are to be played at 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. Aug. 22, Tucson time. The gold medal game, Aug. 23, will be broadcast on the USA Network at 7 a.m. in Tucson." Read more at Scripps Howard News Service.

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July 23, 2004

Lisa Fernandez - Olympic Profile

Sports Network has a good profile of US Softballer, Lisa Fernandez

'"Sometimes athletes have to go to extreme measures to challenge themselves after being successful for so long.

That has been the case recently for pitcher Lisa Fernandez and the rest of the United States softball team, gold medal winners of the only two Olympic competitions - in 1996 and 2000. Team USA recently had back-to-back no-hitters on their "Aiming for Athens" tour, on the way to this year's Summer Games in Greece. The softball team has a pre-Olympic tour winning streak of 166, dating back to 1996. "'

Read More at The Post-Searchlight.

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July 12, 2004

Jenny Finch - Softball

jenny_finch.jpgI think we'll see a few comparisons between Ancient Greek Gods and Athens Olympics Athletes over the next month or two - here's one between Aphrodite and US softball pitcher - Jenny Finch.

'Aphrodite is a goddess of love and beauty.

To her male fans, Jenny Finch is regarded in the same way. Plus, she can throw a 71-mph fastball from 43 feet that even major-league batters can't hit.

Aphrodite had magic woven into a girdle of finely wrought gold. When she wore it, no man could resist her.

There is magic in Finch's softball glove. When she pitches, no woman -- or man -- can hit her.

In a February exhibition, she struck out major-league batters Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza, and Brian and Marcus Giles.' Source - Aphrodite and Jenny Finch (softball) - Olympic athlete or Greek God?

Update - due to the success of this page we've added a second Jennie Finch page at Jennie Finch

Related Jenny Finch Links
- See Jenny Finch's Profile at Arizona Athletics: Jenny Finch
- When in doubt, seek out Jenny Finch
- Jenny Finch Fan Site
- Jenny Finch Olympics Profile

Update jennie_finch.jpgThis has been the most popular page on this site in the past 24 hours so we thought we'd put together a list of the latest Jennie Finch links that have appeared in news sources over the past few days to keep you up to date with the latest news in the Jennie Finch news frenzy.

- Silver No Option for 'Unknown' U.S. Softball Team - 'And then, of course, there is Jennie Finch: flaxen haired and standing 1.85 meters (6 ft 1 in) tall, she has been named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people and voted ESPN "Hottest Female Athlete." Expected to emerge from the Games with international recognition and endorsement deals to sign, she said: "Any attention that brings notoriety to our sport is good for softball." '

- SOFTBALL SALVATION - which picks up the story of the US softball team's coach wife recently passing away. '"Sue would want him in that third base box more than anyone," said pitcher Jenny Finch, also a former Arizona star. "She wanted to win the gold medal more than anybody."'

- Thoughts on Olympic Skin - picks up the story of the increasing trend of Olympic athletes to pose naked (or close to it) in the lead up to the games. 'Who cares if that appeal is rooted in sex? It's just an entry point. Jennie Finch exploded onto the scene as Page 2's surprise hottest athlete -- dethroning Anna Kournikova, no less. Want to know the bigger surprise? Women's softball is one of ESPN's hottest pieces of programming, and it can't possibly have everything to do with Jennie.'

- It's been 4 years already? - 'Jennie Finch is pitching for the U.S. softball team - the single most dominant aggregation of talent in these Games - and I'll try to catch a little of that because it's real easy on the eyes.'

- Olympicans Turn Gold into Green - 'Jennie Finch, who at 23 years old gets as much attention for her 71-mile-per-hour fastball as her sex appeal, already makes six figures off the diamond from companies such as Bank of America, 24 Hour Fitness and Sprint.'

- Security tight, but Athens eager to let games begin - '"There was so much hype about everything that was wrong -- or that was going to go wrong -- that the country deserves a lot of credit because I can tell you, being here is better than advertised," U.S. Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch said. "To tell you the truth, I was expecting to be scared a little bit when we arrived. But everyone has been treating us great. Yesterday, some of us walked into a beauty store, and they were so happy we came in they gave us free products."'

- Arizona softball star Jennie Finch ready to pitch products - 'After the Athens Games, just one face may stand out to marketers hungry for the next big thing: the pitcher with the ponytail.

Jennie Finch is her name. Softball is her game. Her destiny: fame.

Never heard of her? Get ready for the full Finch. She tosses a ball 71 miles per hour and has set an NCAA record with 60 victories in a row.

Even NBC's Bob Costas will try - but fail - to make contact with one of her sizzling pitches in a taped Olympic segment. By the time the Olympic Games end, Finch may be as familiar as the NBC peacock.

Sports marketers say Finch, 23, ranks among the most marketable Olympians to come along since perky gymnast Mary Lou Retton enchanted a nation two decades ago. In an Olympics so beset by terrorism fears that the athletes have been issued gas masks, Finch provides the simplest diversion of all: sex appeal.

She's also the queen of her sport.'

- US softball beauty eyes post-Athens riches - 'After dethroning Anna Kournikova as the favorite internet sporting beauty and turning down a Playboy pictorial, American softball pitcher Jennie Finch is set for post-Olympic endorsement riches.

The 23-year-old blonde bombshell, who combines glamour-girl looks with Andy Roddick-style arm strength, is featured on "This Week in Baseball" striking out Major League Baseball stars with underarm lightning bolts worthy of Zeus.

"The attention I get has been great. It has opened so many doors for me," Finch said. "It's nice that people are accepting beautiful women as athletes. It's encouraging to girls that muscles don't mean you can't be beautiful."

Finch makes about 400,000 dollars in sponsorship deals with eyeglasses and telephones and could boost that total if the US squad wins a third consecutive gold medal. But she is not taking off her clothes despite a huge Playboy offer.

"I don't know about the dollars but it's quite a great chunk of money," Finch said. "That doesn't interest me. It's more important that I'm a role model for girls."'

Other Older Jenny Finch Articles include:
- When in Doubt, seek out Jenny Finch.
- Official Jennie Finch Site
- Jennie Finch - picutes, photos, wallpapers, posters, desktop themes etc.
- ESPN - Jennie Finch
- Jennie Finch at 'AskMen' (biography, information and pictures)
- 2004 Summer Olympics Profile: Jennie Finch
- Jenny Finch Bio

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July 01, 2004

Denne out of Games with knee injury

A serious knee injury has ruled softballer ALI DENNE out of the Australian team for the Athens Olympics. Fellow Queenslander AMANDA DOMAN has been added to the Olympic squad to replace DENNE.

Source - Softball - Denne out of Games with knee injury

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May 08, 2004

Athens Olympics Softball Events and Results

Athens Olympic Softball


softball.gifSoftball at the Athens Olympics will take place between 14th - 23rd at the Olympic Softball Stadium.

The U.S. team will again be prohibitive favorite to win third straight gold. Led by three-time Olympian Lisa Fernandez, the biggest challenge for the Americans could come from themselves. The U.S. team took a 110-game winning streak to Sydney before losing three straight and nearly missing the medal round. The Americans recovered to win gold. The U.S. team's pitching staff of Fernandez, Jennie Finch, Lori Harrigan and Cat Osterman is unmatched. Australia, China and Canada will also be in the medal hunt. This competition is crucial for the future of women's softball as an Olympic sport. The IOC has only guaranteed it a spot through the 2008 Beijing Games and will make another review later this summer.

Softball is a Women's only event with just one Gold Medal up for grabs. Medal favorites this year include the US, Japan and Australia. The Results and Medalists will be posted at Women's
Softball
">Athens Olympic Softball Results as they come to hand. In the mean time keep up with the latest Softball news at our Olympic Softball News Archive.

Related Olympic Softball Resources


- CBC: Athens Olympics - Softball
- BBC: Olympics 2004 - Softball
- NBC - Olympic Softball
- International Softball Association
- USA Softball
- Beginners Guide to Olympic Softball

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