Dying To Ask

Why Cat Osterman Came Out Of Retirement For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

June 25, 2021

There's no crying in baseball. But, the truth is a lot of tears were shed when the Olympics dropped baseball and softball from its sports lineup after the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

Each host city has the opportunity to add sports to their Olympic schedule.

Japan loves baseball. So, baseball and softball are back for the first time in 13 years.

That was great news for Team USA softball players who have struggled to make a living in the sport since 2008.

The return of softball is also the return of legendary player Cat Osterman.

She's one of two members of the U.S. Olympic Softball Team with any Olympic experience. Osterman came out of retirement for a shot at another Olympic gold.

"It was full circle. I went to the youngest to the oldest (on the team) now but, yeah, there was a 13-year gap between the last Olympics and this one. It's been a sport that I think has been missing the Olympics. I know, specifically I have missed being in the Olympics," said Osterman.

On this Dying to Ask:

  • How Cat Osterman made the decision to come out of retirement for Tokyo 2020
  • What she plans to do when she re-retires after the Summer Olympics
  • The work habits you need to stay at the top of your profession for an extended period of time
  • How to stay engaged in your job when you've done the same thing for a long time


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