OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- People Magazine released today that USA Softball’s Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA) was named one of its ‘50 Most Beautiful People.’ The 15th annual special double-issue released every Spring, Finch was the only female athlete named to this exclusive group. She was selected by the editors of People Magazine and was one of three athletes including New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Nascar sensation Dale Earnhardt Jr.
A right-handed ace in the circle, Finch has been making headlines across the country exploding into one of the nation’s premier female athletes. During the collegiate portion of the 2004 ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour, she went undefeated with an 8-0 record and averaged 2.2 strikeouts per inning. In March alone, she recorded two solo no-hitters and held opponents to a .032 batting average.
In 2003 she led the U.S. National Team to the U.S. Cup gold medal and its fifth consecutive Pan American gold medal but now this Arizona Wildcat alum has one goal in mind--- a gold medal in Athens, Greece.
Off the field, Finch has been recognized by ESPN.com as the hottest female athlete and runner-up to Tiger Woods for the ‘Most Popular Athlete.’ To add, she made her broadcasting debut color commentating the 2003 Women’s College World Series in May and is a co-host for ‘This Week in Baseball’ for Major League Baseball.
“This is truly amazing to be recognized by People Magazine for this honor,” Finch said. “It is really special to be included among some of the most famous and beautiful people in the world. I still have a hard time believing that I was selected as part of this group.”
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 91 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
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