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Olympic Softball Begins Tuesday With Five Huskies Competing

Jul 19, 2021

At long last, the 2020 Olympic Games have arrived, and with them comes the return of the sport of softball to the world's biggest athletic stage.
Five Huskies will compete in Tokyo starting this week – Ali Aguilar (USA), Gabbie Plain (Australia), Victoria Hayward (Canada), Danielle Lawrie (Canada), and Jenn Salling (Canada). Additionally, Washington head coach Heather Tarr is serving as assistant for the American team.
With five, Washington will have more former players competing in softball in Tokyo than any other college program. Arizona, UCLA and Hawaii have four each.
The time in Tokyo is 16 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time, the current time zone in Seattle. So, while the softball competition officially begins Wednesday, the first games will be played on Tuesday, July 20, Seattle time. The competition wraps up with the gold-medal game, at Yokohama Stadium (pictured) on July 27.
Below are official national team bios of each Washington alumna competing at the Olympics, along with information on video & television coverage of the sport, and the full schedule of games.
• Official National Team bios:
Ali Aguilar, USA
Gabbie Plain, Australia
Victoria Hayward, Canada
Danielle Lawrie, Canada
Jenn Salling, Canada
• NBC Olympics Softball Page
• USA Softball Television Schedule
• CBC TV (Canada) Television Schedule

• Schedule (all days and times are Pacific):
Tuesday, July 20
Australia at Japan, 5:00 p.m.
Italy at USA, 8:00 p.m.
Mexico at Canada, 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21
USA at Canada, 5:00 p.m.
Mexico at Japan, 8:00 p.m.
Italy at Australia, 11:00 p.m.
Friday, July 23
Australia at Canada, 6:00 p.m.
USA at Mexico, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 24
Japan at Italy, 4:00 a.m.
Australia at USA, 6:00 p.m.
Canada at Japan, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25
Italy at Mexico, 4:00 a.m.
Japan at USA, 6:00 p.m.
Canada at Italy, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, July 26
Mexico at Australia, 4:00 a.m.
Bronze Medal Game, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27
Gold Medal Game, 4:00 a.m.