Currently the United States women's softball team has been dominating international play. The gold has been taken in three separate Olympic matches, and those consecutively. The US women's softball team has also taken a divine seven world championships--again, consecutively. Before, in 2008, they took the silver at the Beijing Olympics--which is still pretty darn exceptional. With a top-tier roster that includes heavy hitters from across the country, this year's Rio Olympics are set to be another win. But with such an extensive winning streak, fans are definitely nervous.
Ken Eriksen has coached women's softball for nineteen years, and has had a winning season for seventeen of those years. The man is one of only twenty-two living coaches to have more than eight hundred wins under his belt. He's only had four hundred and thirty-six losses, and one tie. Ken is dedicated--so dedicated that he pushes his girls to their utter limits. Consider the aphorism which adorns the door above his office: "Expect perfection, accept excellence". That's a perspective that will take every detail of every play, every player's weakness, every player's strength, and every dynamic of the field where the game is played into consideration. That's the kind of individual who looks at the very wind and makes advisements accordingly. The thing about a big softball game is that it eventually becomes very similar to a chess match. There's a reason this particular sport is always tied to strategy: it involves quite a bit of it. Strategically, little details left unattended can accumulate over time until they reach a critical mass which loses a game. But catching them can help curtail losses, and a man striving for perfection is going to do that.
Ali Aguilar is one of the newest additions to the women's softball team that will be competing in Rio this year. Ali is one of the top fifty players in the world, but she's not alone in skill. The USA Softball Team did their research:
These girls have been bringing the heat for years, and they're poised to dominate RIO in this Summer's games.