According to the Associated Press, American Olympic Gold Medallist and softball sensation Jennie Finch is deciding to hang up the cleats.
Finch, 29, helped the United States to an Olympic Gold Medal in softball at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
She defeated Italy and Canada, as the Americans defeated their opponents 51-1 over the tournament. Finch struck out 13, walked one and gave up one hit.
On the World Championship stage, Finch recently helped the United States to seven straight World Titles.
At the collegiate level, Finch’s resume was equally impressive. While at the University of Arizona, Finch set an NCAA record by winning sixty games in a row.
Finch is married to Houston Astros’ reliever Casey Daigle. The couple already have one son, and according to the Associated Press, hope to have more children.
Other accolades for Finch include being named the 2003 ESPN Hottest Female Athlete and winning a silver medal for the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Unfortunately, softball players worldwide will be unable to follow in Finch’s footsteps at the Olympic level. Like baseball, softball is not returning to the Olympic programme in 2012 in London, England.