Cat Osterman Crowned Athletes Unlimited Champ
Cat Osterman, a 37-year-old Team USA pitcher and star left-hander, has been crowned the very first Athletes Unlimited softball champion. She was crowned based on the total number of points scored whilst playing in a five-week long bio-bubbled season in Rosemont, Illinois. Osterman scored 2,408 points in total.
After initially retiring from playing professional softball in 2015, Osterman returned to the sport in 2018 while hoping to secure a berth in the Olympics. Of the bio-bubbled season Osterman only speaks very highly – saying that it not only afforded her the opportunity to get high-level competition exposure, but also that of re-connecting with her fellow players and fans of the sport. Even though no fans were permitted to attend the season’s games in-person, all 30 games played were either streamed or broadcast on a variety of platforms.
Elite Invite-Only Competition
The league was presented in a superbly elite-style format, featuring only 57 of the world’s best players. Those who played in the competition included 19 Olympic athletes hailing from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Italy.
The competition played an important role in terms of creating an opportunity for players to remain on par by sharpening their skills. And according to Tuesday’s announcement made by the league, it intends on returning next year as opposed to being regarded a solitary crisis-induced affair. And to Osterman and many others like her, being able to return to the field and return to feeling “normal” again, has been something of immeasurable value.
The players needed something to fill the void – both physically (training) as well as mentally. Becoming part of Athletes Unlimited, said Osterman, filled that void.
Long List Of Accolades
But being named the first-ever Athletes Unlimited softball champion isn’t Osterman’s only magnificent achievement in sport.
In 2004, Osterman won gold at the Olympic Games, and in 2008, she won silver. She was even slated to be selected to compete in this year’s Olympic Games – this was obviously before the Games got postponed until 2021.
Osterman furthermore three times over got named National Player of the Year and is also a four-time All-American player of the year. In addition to playing, she’s also coached quite a bit. She served as assistance coach for the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos for nearly 5 years – this after she spent time fulfilling a similar position for the Austin-based St. Edward Hilltoppers.
Cat Osterman is a proud native of Houston, Texas.