FILE- In this Aug. 22, 2004, file photo, United States pitcher Lisa Fernandez throws against Australia in softball at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team and Fernandez, a three-time gold medalist, have been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)2004 AP
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team and three-time gold medalist Lisa Fernandez have been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Five other individuals in the 2012 induction class also were honored Thursday in Chicago.
Dubbed the "Real Dream Team" on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, the 2004 Olympic Team went 9-0 in Athens, a record that included eight consecutive shutouts and four run-rule victories.
Fernandez won gold medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 games and is the only pitcher to appear in three Olympic finales.
She earned the save in the final game of the 1996 Olympics as the U.S. team beat China 3-1 for the inaugural softball Olympic gold medal.
The U.S. team took silver losing gold to Japan in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
In 2005 the IOC voted to drop softball along with baseball from the Olympic program leaving the U.S. with 3 gold medals and Japan with 1.
Softball advocates are hoping to get the sport back on the program by 2020, it will not be on the London games later this month or the Berlin games in 2016.
The move set the sport back in some countries.
Fernandez, is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, led the UCLA Bruins to the National Championship in softball during the 1990 and ’92 seasons, they were runner ups during the ’91 and ’93 seasons.
She was a first team All-American during her four collegiate years at UCLA.
She currently serves as an assistant coach at her alma mater.