Jennie Finch retiring from softball

Jennie Finch retiring from softball

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Jennie Finch

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 20 at 12:12 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY -  Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch plans to retire next month and bring an end to a 10-year career in which she helped the sport blossom in the United States.

The dominating pitcher announced Tuesday that she will play her final games with the U.S. national team this week at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. She'll then finish the rest of the National Pro Fastpitch season with the Chicago Bandits before calling it quits at the age of 29.

She says it's time to focus on her family.

The 6-foot-2 Finch was a standout at Arizona before becoming an icon with the U.S. team. She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver four years later in Beijing. Earlier this month, she helped the U.S. win its seventh straight world championship.

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