How to Watch Team USA Women’s Softball at Tokyo Olympics
JUL 20, 2021/BY KELLEY EKERT
United States pitcher Cat Osterman (8) celebrates with teammates after throwing a complete game no-hitter during 3-0 victory over Australia in preliminary game at the Fengtai Softball Field.USA TODAY Sports
oftball made its long-awaited return to the Olympic stage at Tokyo in 2021. After making history as the first women-only Olympic sport in 1996, softball was featured in the Games until 2008.S
The top-ranked United States defeated No. 9 Italy 2-0 in the second game of a softball tripleheader that ends with No. 5 Mexico against third-ranked Canada.https://vplayer.nbcolympics.com/p/BxmELC/nbcolympics_social/select/media/JNiZZf714fu6?form=html
Cat Osterman helped lead Team USA to an opening-round victory in Game 2, pitching six shutout innings, allowing only one hit with nine strikeouts.
In the opener, host Japan got off to a winning start as the Tokyo Olympics got underway, beating Australia 8-1 in softball behind 39-year-old pitcher Yukiko Ueno, who won the 2008 gold medal game against the United States.
The six teams — the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, Italy and Mexico — will compete in a week-long tournament to take home the fifth Olympic gold medal.
The United States, with a roster made up of many first-time Olympians, will push to win its fourth gold medal in the sport it has dominated since the beginning.
Here is everything to know about softball at the Olympics in Tokyo:
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When is the Olympic softball tournament in 2021?
The softball tournament in Tokyo began July 20.
Here is Team USA’s schedule after the opening round win over Italy:
- United States vs. Canada: Wednesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET (Stream)
- United States vs. Mexico: Saturday, July 24 at 1:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
- Australia vs. United States: Saturday, July 24 at 9 p.m. ET (Stream)
- Japan vs. United States: Sunday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET (Stream)
After the opening round concludes on July 25, the medal matches will be played on July 27. The bronze medal game will begin at 12 a.m. ET and the gold medal game will start at 7 a.m. ET.
How can I watch the Tokyo Olympics softball tournament?
The Tokyo Olympic softball tournament will be aired on NBC Sports. You will also be able to stream games on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports, and Peacock.
More information on how to watch Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics can be found on NBC’s full TV and live streaming schedule that includes 5,000-plus hours of coverage.
Who is on the USA softball team at the Tokyo Olympics?
Despite the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the United States’ Olympic softball roster that was announced in 2019 remained intact for the rescheduled Games.
Headlining the roster are two veteran pitchers: Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott. Osterman, a two-time Olympian, took home gold with Team USA at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Abbott is also a silver medalist.https://art19.com/shows/sports-uncovered/embed?playlist_type=latest
Twelve members of the United States’ team played on the 2018 World Championship team that qualified them for Tokyo: Abbott, infielder Ali Aguilar, infielder Valerie Arioto, pitcher Rachel Garcia, outfielder Haylie McCleney, outfielder Michelle Moultrie, catcher Aubree Munro, outfielder Janie Reed, infielder Delaney Spaulding and replacement players Taylor Edwards (catcher) and Keilani Ricketts (pitcher). Kelsey Stewart, who had the game-winning, walk-off hit in the championship game against Japan, will also compete for Team USA in Tokyo.
Though not part of the 2018 team, two members of the 2016 World Championship gold medal team will join the Tokyo roster: pitcher Ally Carda and catcher Amanda Chidester.
Additionally, three players are coming off their collegiate careers this year: UCLA’s Garcia and Bubba Nickles and Arizona’s Dejah Mulipola. The third replacement on Team USA’s Tokyo roster is infielder Hannah Flippen.
Which country has the most Olympic gold medals in softball?
The U.S. softball team has been dominant in the Olympic sport since its introduction in 1996. Team USA took home the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. It was only during the 2008 Beijing Olympics that the U.S. was defeated by Japan in the gold medal match.
Is Team USA favored to win the women’s softball tournament in Tokyo?
As softball makes its first Olympic appearance since Beijing, Team USA — which won the 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship to qualify for Tokyo — is favored to come out on top again (-200), according to PointsBet. Japan qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics automatically as the host nation but could give the United States a run for its money once again (+150).
Why was softball removed from the Olympics?
After making its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games, softball, along with baseball, was removed for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In July of 2005, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop the two sports from the Olympic program at the 2012 London Olympics, citing a lack of popularity. It was the first time since polo in 1936 — 69 years — that a sport was removed from the Games.
The IOC voted in August 2016 to reinstate softball and baseball for the Tokyo Games. While the two sports won’t be included at the 2024 Paris Olympics, they are expected to return again during the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
How to watch Canada Olympic softball
- TV channel: CBC
- Live streams: CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app, CBC Sports’ Tokyo 2020 website
Olympic coverage in Canada will be offered by CBC, CBC News Network and its partners, TSN and Sportsnet, via a multitude of platforms.
Olympic events will also be streamed for free via the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC’s dedicated Tokyo Games website and the CBC Olympics app. Audiences will also be able to watch CBC’s coverage through Amazon Prime Video, television service providers Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus and through connected TV devices Apple TV, FireTV, Google Chromecast and Roku TV (via the CBC TV and CBC Gem apps).
Here’s when Team Canada will take the diamond in the 2021 Olympics:
|DATE||MATCHUP||START TIME (ET)||FINAL|
|Wed., July 21||Mexico at Canada||2 a.m.||W, 4-0|
|Wed., July 21||USA at Canada||8 p.m.||TBD|
|Fri., July 23||Australia at Canada||9 p.m.||TBD|
|Sun., July 25||Canada at Japan||1:30 a.m.||TBD|
|Mon., July 26||Canada at Italy||1:30 a.m.||TBD|
|Tues., July 27*||Bronze medal game||Midnight||TBD|
|Tues., July 27*||Gold medal game||7 a.m.||TBD|
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