Cat Tales: Weekly Blog Aug. 6 - In Beijing

Good morning all!

It’s about 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, and I am safely in China! We arrived here yesterday around 2 p.m., but then had to get all our bags, go through accreditation, customs and find our way to the buses. It’s been quite the trip so far.

I spent our week off in Texas! I was able to catch up with so many people while I was home, which was a nice way to relax. My dad and I worked out quite a few times, so I could leave for China with a good feeling about my pitching. Also I took in two Astros games. They won both, so I might be a little luck for them. My packing started two days before I had to leave, but that didn’t help me with the last-minute stresses. Check out the pics to see the mess I had lying around.

On Aug. 2, our team arrived in San Jose, Calif., and went through processing, which is where we get all our podium wear, opening and closing ceremony outfits and some other lounge wear. It’s always fun to see everyone trying everything on, and laughing at each other when we look silly in some of the stuff. Overall though, the clothes are nice. Our opening ceremony outfit will be hot since it includes pants and a long-sleeved shirt, but it looks good. The meetings were good and informative; the USOC likes to show motivational videos, which get all of us pumped up to get out and play.

Aug. 4 was our day to fly to China. It was also the day I officially enrolled in grad school at DePaul! =) We were up and out of the dorms early to ensure enough time at the airport. The 12-hour flight was so long. I didn’t sleep much, and finally convinced someone to switch me seats so I could be next to teammate and not get bored. (Crystl) Bustos, (Jennie) Finch and I had a good time talking and reading magazines together.

The athletes village is really nice. We had our first taste of the dining hall food last night. There is a 24 hour McDonalds in there, but Finch and I insisted we weren’t going to cave to that temptation yet. I had some BBQ pork, a lamb kabob and some potatoes along with a salad and pita bread. There’s a little bit of everything, so I think we’ll survive. We all went to bed really early last night, so that means today started really early. We have practice at noon, and then I’m sure we’ll all head to the international zone to get our souvenir shopping out of the way!

I’ll report again soon! =)

Past Blogs
March 12 - Florida Fun
March 18 - California Dreamin
March 25 - Easter with team USA
April 7 - Working with my Blue Demons
April 11 - I love BBQ
April 23 - Having Fun on the Ranch
April 30 - Big Home Weekend
May 19 - Blue Demon Season is Over
June 14 - Crazy Summer
July 10 - July 4th in NYC
July 29 - Yellowstone
July 30 - Relaxing at home in Houston

Mutli Media and Other Links
Cat's Mom's Blog - Bejing Bound
Softball superstar: Team USA has target on back (
Lopez Siblings Teach Osterman Taekwondo (KPRC 2 - Houston, Texas) Cat and Nine other Olympic Athletes Prepare for the Olympics
Cut the Cord: Cat getting ready for a flight (
For Osterman, it’s coach Cat after Olympic Games (Houston Chronicle)
Walk Like An Olympian: 10 tips on making the team from Beijing-bound athletes (ElleGirl)
Team USA Well Wishes from Fans Around the World (USA Softball)
Catching up with Cat Osterman (News 8 Austin)
Meet Team USA (
Made in China (Time Record News - Wichita Falls Online)


USA Softball

 2008 Summer Olympics
in Beijing

 Time Magazine:
100 Olympic Athletes to Watch 

 Sports Illustrated





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