Bustos selected finalist for ‘Sportswoman of the Year’
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK --- USA Softball’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) was recently announced as a finalist for the 2004 Team ‘Sportswoman of Year’ by the Women’s Sports Foundation. One of 10 finalists named, Bustos recently led the 2004 USA Softball team to its third consecutive gold medal in Athens, Greece.
Nominated for her overall performance dating back to August 2003, she led the Red, White and Blue to its fifth consecutive Pan American gold medal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. During the team’s 8-0 run to the title, Crystl started in all eight games, hit .320 with three home runs and a team leading nine RBI.
In September of 2003, Crystl was named to her second Olympic roster for competition in the 2004 Olympic Games. Beginning team training camps in October, the team began the ‘Aiming for Athens’ pre-Olympic tour in February where she led the team to a 53-0 record. Leading the hitting ranks batting .500, she totaled a team high 82 hits, 19 doubles, 24 home runs, and 94 RBI. Battling top collegiate programs across the country, along with a combination of college All-Star teams, Bustos started in all 53 games as designated player or third baseman. She was the only U.S. starting infielder to not commit an error the entire year. Respected as one of the most feared hitters in the world, she hit tape measure home runs during the tour including a blast that traveled over 375 feet in Waco, TX. (The fence regulation in softball is 220 feet.)
In Athens, Bustos was responsible for breaking the Olympic records for most home runs in the tournament (5) and most RBI (10). Starting in all nine games of the Olympics, this power hitter and third baseman led the U.S. to one of the most memorable Olympic team performances in the history of the Games.
The winner for both the team and individual awards will be announced by mid-September. The two winners will then be honored at the 25th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Award Dinner on Monday, October 18 in New York City.
The following are the selected nominees in the ‘team’ finalist category:
Amy Appelt (Lacrosse, United States)
Crystl Bustos (Softball, United States)
Mijntje Donners (Field Hockey, the Netherlands)
Colleen Jones (Curling, Canada)
Misty May & Kerri Walsh (Beach Volleyball, United States)
Birgit Prinz (Soccer, Germany)
Sandra Prokoff (Bobsled, Germany)
Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey, United States)
Diana Taurasi (Basketball, United States)
Brenda Villa (Water Polo, United States)
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