Cat Osterman will be the pitching ace for the U.S. Olympic softball team in Beijing. But away from the field, she's a computer nerd, a big sister and an admitted text-a-holic.
Jenni Carlson: You've played a ton of international games. Do you still get butterflies?
Cat Osterman: Any time you're in a big game, the nerves and the juices get flowing. It doesn't matter how confident you are; you're just excited because you're in that atmosphere. We don't get put in that this-game-means-so-much type competitive atmosphere that you get in college day in and day out. You play conference. You play postseason. That juice is there all the time. For us, once a summer, we get to play for a title, so definitely, the juices and nerves get flowing.
JC: You guys don't play until a few days into the Games. Does that mean you're going to the opening ceremonies?
CO: Yes ... we're all really excited about that.
JC: You have interaction with other athletes in the Olympic village. Anyone leave you star-struck in Athens?
CO: The biggest thing was I got to meet a lot of Texas athletes. Like Aaron Piersol, I had never met him. We literally met clear across the world in Athens for the first time. We also met Andy Roddick. He also has a house in Austin, so I've seen him in Austin. To this day, he's like, "Hey, Cat.” Knows your name. Knows what you've been doing. He definitely knows who I am, which is fun.
JC: I actually heard from several athletes that they interacted with Roddick in Athens. Was he just everywhere?
CO: Unlike some other tennis athletes, he stayed in the village, so I think that's where a lot of people saw him. And he didn't stay in his room.