OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For women in sports, the Olympic Games are the pinnacle of performance. The next Olympiad in 2016 will go off without softball, which was recently voted out of the games.
“If your shoulders are straight, the ball will go straight,” said former Olympian Christie Ambrosi.
It’s simple yet meaningful advice that keeps students coming back to Ambrosi. They trust her guidance because they know she’s been there. Ambrosi is hammering out softball’s future, giving dozens of lessons each week at her Overland Park facility.
The game is second nature to Ambrosi. The Blue Valley Northwest graduate helped the USA win gold on the diamond in 2000, when the games were played in Sydney.
“I get down on their level and I explain it really well so that they understand,” Ambrosi explained. “They know I’ve been there, so that makes a difference.”