Jenny Topping
Catcher
2004


Jenny Topping Softball Olympian Team USA 2004Jenny Louise Topping (born May 30, 1980) is a former collegiate 4-time NCAA Division I First Team All-American, left-handed hitting softball player originally from Whittier, California. She suited up primarily at the catcher’s position for the University of Washington from 1999-2000 and Cal State Fullerton for the seasons 2001–2003. She is best known for being a member of the 2004 Athens Olympics Gold Medal winning Team USA. She also played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch for the Akron Racers in 2005–2006, 2009. Currently she holds numerous school records for both universities and is one of six NCAA players to bat .400, drive in 200 RBIs on at least 50 home runs and an .800 slugging percentage for a career.

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Jenny Topping interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland


Jenny Answers My 10 Questions.

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 9 years old when I started playing for La Mirada Bobby Sox. I was fortunate to have an older sister that wanted to play, so my parents asked if I wanted to play. I loved to play street ball with my neighbor friends in our cul-de-sac.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I would say I am most thankful for having parents that recognized my talent and were so supportive of my dream.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. Preparation begins well before the day of a game. In Japan we watch video and really study our opponents strengths and weaknesses. The day of a game for me is listening to music and relaxing knowing that I have prepared for the game ahead

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I enjoy crossfit, fly fishing, wake boarding/surfing, and getting involved in my community.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I first and for most LOVED the game which gave me the drive to want to be the best. secondly I had the support of my parents to drive me all over for my softball games.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I love routine, and don’t believe in superstitions. I don’t allow my routine to run my life, but I don’t feel good about my day until I have worked out, and eaten good health food.

Q.What is your favorite softball memory?

A. My favorite softball memory has to be standing up on the podium receiving my gold medal. Looking up at my family in the stands and realizing that this was the moment I was able to give to my family. They will always be able to say that their daughter is a gold medalist.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I recommend the book Heads up Baseball by Ken Ravizza which is a great book on mental training. I believe that the mental game can be more important than the physical part of our game. You have to believe you can succeed if there is any ounce of doubt then you will fa

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I would like to remodel historic homes.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. I have had a few knee surgeries, so overcoming those to determination and drive. Also learning what it was that made me successful when I was successful and how to duplicate it.


A Few Accomplishments

• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Two-time Pan American Gold medalist (2003 & 2007)
• World Champion (2006)
• Olympic Gold Medalist (2004)

National Team Experience

2007
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
• World Cup Champion
Started in 11 games during the 2007 campaign with playing time at catcher
• Hit .308 (4-for-13) at the Canada Cup with six RBI and a team high two hit by pitch

2006
• World Cup Champion
Hit .600 (6-for-10) with three RBI in three games played
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit .500 (4-for-8) with three runs; posted a team second-best two doubles

2005
• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier
• Silver medalist at Japan Cup
• Silver medalist at World Cup
Hit .143 (1-7) with a double and an RBI

2004
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Hit a team-high .667 (4-6) with a triple

2003
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games

2002
• Selected member of 2002 National Team
• Suffered torn ACL and did not play

At Cal State Fullerton

• Three-time NFCA First-team All American (2000, 2001 & 2002)
• Three-time Big West Conference Player of the Year (2000, 2001 & 2002)
• Graduated in 2003

At Washington

• First-team NFCA All American (1999)
• Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (1999)
• Led the NCAA in homeruns and RBIs

Other

• Member of the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League (2006)
• Led the Akron Racers to the National Pro Fastpitch Championship (2005)
• Member of NPF All-Star team