Three-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004); three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds) Atlanta 1996, gold Sydney 2000, gold Athens 2004, gold
Feb 22, 1971
Long Beach, CA
Saint Joseph High School (Long Beach, Calif.) UCLA
Lisa Fernandez is a three-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, leading the U.S. softball team as a pitcher and third baseman. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Fernandez starred at UCLA as a three-time Honda Award recipient. A four-time All-American, she led the Bruins to two national championships and is a two-time winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award. Fernandez won her first Olympic gold medal at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 and would go on to win two more gold medals at the Sydney 2000 Games and the Athens 2004 Games. Fernandez established Olympic records with 25 strikeouts in a game and the best batting average for a single tournament (.545). She pitched in three consecutive gold-medal games and continues to hold the UCLA records for career shutouts, WHIP and winning percentage. Throughout her career, Fernandez won three Pan American Games gold medals, four world championships and the James E. Sullivan award for the best amateur athlete in the country.