Meet Lisa Fernandez, the U.S. Softball pitcher who will not be part of the U.S. team during the Beijing Olympics this summer. See photos, video and a biography of Lisa below.
She did not make the U.S. team’s 15 player roster for the Beijing Summer Olympics, but was named a replacement player instead. The U.S. is trying for its fourth straight gold medal.
Fernandez had taken three years off so that she could start a family, and admittedly said that she was having a rough go of getting back to her form:
“I think I still have it,” she said. “I think the advantage I have is my experience. I have the heart.”
Lisa was part of the U.S. team four years ago in Athens, as well as the starting pitcher on the gold medal team in the 2000 Sydney games. In 1996, she was a reliever on the team when they won gold in Atlanta.
As a biography, Lisa was born on February 22, 1971 in New York City, which makes her 37 years old. She is the daughter of Antonio and Emilia, and she has one sister, Elsie.
Lisa’s father was a baseball player in Cuba, and moved to New York, where he met Lisa’s mother. It was only natural that Lisa would start playing softball, having started up the sport at 8 years of age. She became part of a little league team when she was 12 years old. Lisa’s family moved to Lakewood, California in 1986 and she attended St. Joseph High School, where she became part of the school softball team and eventually won the CIF Championship.
Lisa attended UCLA, where she played softball. Their team made it to the 1994 Women’s College World Series Championships. Soon after, she was recruited by the U.S. Women’s Olympic Softball Team. She would go on to win gold medals for three Olympic games – 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney, and 2004 in Athens.
Lisa has been married to Michael Lujan since 2002 and have a son together, Antonio, who was born in 2005. They make their home in Long Beach, California.
You can read more about Lisa here, at her official website.
More photos and video of Lisa Fernandez can be found below.