Japan Ends Americans’ Dominant Run in Softball
BEIJING — The United States had dominated softball throughout its four-Olympic run, all the way to the last game.
They had rolled through 22 consecutive opponents dating to 2000, outscored its 2008 Olympic opponents 57-2, and looked more than ready to complete their legacy of invincibility in the last game before softball took an indefinite absence from the Olympic program.
Then came Japan, twice a victim to the steamrolling Americans. And, somehow, out slipped the gold medal from the grasp of the Americans.
Japan beat the United States 3-1 to claim the gold medal on a cool and misty evening at Fengtai Softball Field, a result that put a stunning end to American Olympic dominance.
Kind of ironic. Supposedly the IOC got rid of softball precisely because they were sick of the US never losing.
I also heard that baseball was being removed from the Olympics – anybody know if that’s true?