Cat Osterman poses at the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympic shoot on November 23, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
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There are plenty of reasons for U.S. softball fans to be excited for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sure, there’s the fact that the world’s No. 1 team has a great shot to bring home the gold medal, but an even bigger reason for excitement is simply that softball is back at the Games.
Team USA will take to the Olympic field for the first time since 2008, when the Americans won the silver medal in the most recent edition of Olympic softball. The U.S. has never failed to medal at any edition of softball at the Games, winning three gold medals in a row from 1996 to 2004.
Team USA better make this one count. Softball will be back off the Olympic program in 2024. Organizers are hopeful to have softball in the 2028 Los Angeles Games, but that determination will be made down the road.
For now, the U.S. will try and keep doing what it’s been doing since the final out in Beijing: win.
Team HistoryTeam USA’s Olympic history is almost perfect, but it has been nearly as dominant at the Women’s Softball World Cup, the sport’s world championship. The U.S. has won 11 world championships dating back to the third edition of the tournament in 1974. Its most recent one came in 2018, when the U.S. topped Japan and booked its place in Tokyo in the process.
In 2019, Team USA claimed its ninth gold medal at the Pan American Games. The Americans dropped just a single game against Canada only to get revenge in the gold-medal game. Competition has been limited ever since for the team, which reconvened in 2021 for a series of exhibition games on the “Stand Beside Her” tour leading up to the Games.