Cat Osterman may be the greatest pitcher in softball history. A two-time Olympic medalist and three-time Player of the Year at the University of Texas, Cat recently came out of retirement in order to help Team USA win gold in Tokyo. She sits down with Kelley O’Hara to explain that decision while also reflecting on her career in the sport. Cat talks about her introduction to pitching, her historic career at Texas, winning gold in Athens, what drew her to Athletes Unlimited, and what it means to have another shot at gold next summer.


  • First-ever Athletes Unlimited individual title winner (2020)
  • 2004 Olympic gold medalist
  • 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
  • 4x NPF Champion (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014)
  • 6x All-NPF (2009, 2011-2015)
  • 3x USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • 2x Honda Sports Award (2005, 2006)
  • Most perfect games in college softball history (nine)
  • 2,265 career NCAA Division I strikeouts (2nd all-time)
  • 14.34 NCAA strikeouts per 7 innings (1st all-time)


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