UCLA owns one of the richest Olympic traditions of any University. Over the past nine decades, nearly 450 athletes, coaches and trainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games, winning 230 medals, including 110 gold. UCLABruins.com celebrates the school’s rich Olympic history with profiles of UCLA Olympians, past and present.
This story features UCLA softball alumnae Natasha Watley and Tairia (Mims) Flowers, who were members of the U.S. Olympic Softball Team in both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008)
It has been nearly eight years since Sports Illustrated proclaimed the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team as “The Real Dream Team,” complete with a cover shot of that dominant group on the cover of the magazine. On July 12, 2012, that team was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Read more…