Softball Star Cat Osterman Fights Back Tears to Share Inspiring Message After Olympic Defeat

U.S. softball pitcher Cat Osterman reflected on her "heartbreak" after losing the Olympic gold medal to Japan this year, while offering her encouragement to little girls to "keep dreaming the dream."

By Lindsay Weinberg Jul 27, 2021 11:41 PMTags

Olympian Cat Osterman is pitching her best advice to the next generation of softball stars.

Osterman may not have taken the gold medal this time around, but she's hopeful that someday a little girl can accomplish what she didn't this year—as long as they dream big and persevere.

The U.S. softball team lost 2-0 to Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, earning them a silver medal on July 27. After the game, Osterman was asked what she would say to little girls watching at home. 

"The biggest thing is you're not going to win every game. You're not going to win every pitch. You're not going to win every at bat," she told reporters through tears. "You have to be able to figure out how you're going to bounce back with it or how you're just going to move forward with it."

The 38-year-old pitcher continued, "Obviously, it's a heartbreak that we're coming home not with the gold, but at the same time, you look at it, you have a silver medal. How many people would give for that?"

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Osterman gave her advice to kids striving to follow in her footsteps: "Learn from it, but also accept where you are in the present moment, and this team is going to do that. But to all the little girls, keep dreaming the dream."

She is now a three-time Olympic medalist, having previously earned gold at the 2004 Athens Games and silver at the 2008 Beijing Games. Osterman is also a three-time National Player of the Year and four-time All-American. 


She shared a tearful selfie on her Instagram on Tuesday, as she held up her silver medal. "Not the outcome we wanted, but damn I'm proud of the fight, passion belief and effort this team put into every single pitch of these Olympic Games," the Houston native wrote. "If someone asked would I do it again knowing the outcome, damn right I would. It has been worth every sacrifice, every tear, every rep."

Osterman said she's leaving USA softball "with an even bigger family" after giving "my all to this journey." She concluded by writing, "It's been an honor to wear the Red, White & Blue. I'm forever indebted."

Watch her inspiring speech here and see more memorable moments from Tokyo below.

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"The Olympic Games are about to begin," the diver shared on Instagram.

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The rugby player and breakout TikTok star wrote on Instagram, "Why not us, why not now. Thank you to all my family and friends for the support through the years. I can feel the weight of all of you behind us going into this competition. Let's get it boys!"


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"Our first game of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic is here and we're ready!!" Ashleigh Johnson posted to social media.

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The badminton player was all smiles during a training sesh.

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The swimmers get decked out in red, white and blue.

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The fencers, who are also husband and wife, attended the Opening Ceremony.

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The ladies debut sassy new leotards ahead of the preliminary competition. 

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The divers take a splash at the aquatics center in Tokyo.

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U.S. Men's Volleyball Team

Taylor Sander shared this photo of his "squad" ahead of their first match in Tokyo. 

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The rugby player called the Opening Ceremony a "night I will remember forever."

U.S. Women's Volleyball Team

"It's our first Game Day here in Tokyo and I'm so stoked to get started with my girls!!!!" Justine Wong-Orantes posted to social media.

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"One team," Anna captioned a selfie next to her sailing partner. "It's a honor to represent the United States of America. Forever an Olympian and forever a part of @teamusa Just insane. Let's do it."

U.S. Women's Soccer Team

"All smiles because it's the day we've been waiting for," Alex Morgan captioned this photo. "GAME DAY!"

Carissa Moore

"Seeing my Olympic comp jersey today got me a bit emotional," the surfer shared to Instagram. "It's getting more and more real everyday. Three days away to the start of our waiting period."

Delaney Lyn Spaulding

The softball player shared, "13 years later….. @usasoftball will take the field tomorrow."

U.S. Swimming Team

Hali Flickinger described her and her teammates as "one big happy family." 

Ali Aguilar

The softball player was all smiles as she explored Tokyo. 

Kasey McCravey

"Mimasaka, you are a slice of paradise I didn't know I needed in my life," the rugby star and West Point graduate captioned a selfie with teammate Kristi Kirshe

Adeline Gray

The five-time world champion wrestler posted to Instagram, "We made it to our last training camp!! Unlimited covid tests, Lots of sleep, wrestling practice, meditation, karaoke and soft tissue. Feeling thankful for our food and morning walks."

Eddy Alvarez

The baseball player perched atop the Olympic rings for this Kodak moment. 

U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team

Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, MyKayla Skinner, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and Sunisa Lee rocked matching leotards to practice.

Jake Mitchell, Michael Andrew & Patrick Callan

"All smiles for moving into the Olympic Village tomorrow!!!" Callan captioned a moment with his swim teammates. 

Kristie Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Sam Mewis & Lynn Raenie Williams

"Tok yo what's up how we doinnnn," Kristie captioned a silly selfie with her teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team.

U.S. Men's Gymnastic Team

Alec Yoder posed alongside teammates Sam Mikulak, Brody Malone, Shane Wiskus and Yul Moldauer for a selfie that he captioned, "a whole lot of red, white & blue podium training tomorrow & the boys are feeling goooood." 

April Ross, Alix Klineman & Angie Akers

The beach volleyball players and their coach took in the sights, with April writing on Instagram, "Explored the village today Can report- the food is great the AC is flowing  the plaza is adorable the gym is top notch the views are [heart eye emoji] and the #TeamUSA facilities and staff are amazing. so grateful to be here." 

Carissa Moore

"The support and good spirit we have received from the people of Makinohara has been so heartwarming," the surfer captioned a photo next to Caroline MarksKolohe Andino and John John Florence. "Both mornings the locals have come down to cheer us on and have been so kind to share their beach with us to train. The USA tribe is vibe'in." 

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