Lovieanne Jung (born January 11, 1980) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jung moved with her family to California at a young age.
Beginning her collegiate career at Fresno State University, Jung later transferred to the University of Arizona. She was a standout player in college, appearing in two Women’s College World Series. She won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics before retiring from softball. Lovieanne Jung is currently working as a Firefighter for Riverside City Fire Department.
Lovieanne Jung interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Olympian Lovieanne Jung Answers My Ten Questions
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. Around 12 or 13 years old, but I actually started playing ball in little league with the boys when I was 10. Then I got into rec ball around 12/13 years old.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. Both my parents my mom especially because she was always there practicing with me, hitting me ground balls, always there helping coach me and helping me get better. And advice from coaches throughout the years getting me to the level I needed to be and i think what really helped me and pushed me over that edge to be that much more of a better player was working with coach Candrea.
Q.How did you get ready for a game?
A. I’m a very laid back type of person so I drank my coffee and I like to take my naps. I would get up in the morning do whatever workout we needed to do, then I would like to take my naps before we left the hotel for the game. Then I just listen to music on the way to the game and hung out. I was laid back. I wasn’t about being out there on the field trying to do a lot of things. I just wanted to have my alone time and focus.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I have a three year old daughter so I like hanging out with her. For the most part I have a great time with her. We go out have fun. I take her out to the field sometimes. I take her to the softball field when I go and work out with some of the girls and help them out.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player that you are today?
A. I think my work ethic and my dedication is something my parents kinda emphasized to me as I was growing up to my brother and I. And I think that just kinda helped me out along the way. Learning the work ethic and how much work it actually takes to be an Olympic athlete. I think that is what really influenced me throughout the years.
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. I think honestly the only thing was coffee and a nap. I like sleeping.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. I would have to say winning the gold medal in 2004. It was very surreal and I didn’t really know what was going on. I guess I don’t even remember the last out of the game and I sometimes watch the video of what happened, like at the end of the game the third out, and I’m all like “I don’t even remember where the ball was hit, who fielded the ball, and how we even got into that dog pile.”
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. I place a lot of value on it. I believe it’s pretty much like 70-80% of the game. It’s a game of failure. You don’t succeed very often in this game so that can be a setback for a lot of people, but I think if you work really hard on the mental aspect and the physical aspect, as long as your working towards that in practice, in the weight room, and conditioning, then I think the mental aspect will get you farther than actual talent of physicality of the game.
Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A.I actually was cut from one of the US teams. So I was cut from one of the teams the year before my senior year. So my work ethic increased twofold. In the fall when I went back to school, and I actually went home for the holidays only for a couple days, and then came back to school and just started working. I think my senior year, at that moment, is where I learned how to train and work by myself on tee work and front toss and things like that as opposed to actually having to be in a team atmosphere practice and just having that focus of being at the field by myself.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. Firefighter! I’m a firefighter paramedic right now. I retired and I decided to do it so that’s what I do now.
A Few Accomplishments
• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Two-time Pan American Gold medalist (2003 & 2007)
• Two-time World Champion (2002 & 2006)
• Olympic Gold medalist (2004)
• Olympic Silver medalist (2008)
National Team Experience
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
• Retired her cleats at home plate after Gold Medal game, wrapping up a stellar USA Softball career
• Saw playing time in 12 games with 12 starts during the summer
• Pan American Gold medalist
• World Cup Champion
• Was 3-for-13 at the Canada Cup with four runs scored, five RBI and one triple
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit .300 (6-for-20) with one RBI and two runs scored
• World Cup Champion
Led team with a .615 (8-for-13) average
• Had a team-high three doubles and put up two homeruns with six RBI; scored six runs in five games played
• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Hit .300 (6-20) with a team-high five walks
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Hit .455 with a team-high 10 hits and three homeruns
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
• Silver medalist at ISF Junior Women’s World Championship
• First Team NFCA All-American (2002 & 2003)
• First-Team All Pacific Region (2002 & 2003)
• 2003 Top three finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
• 2003 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
• In 2003, led NCAA in homeruns (25), slugging percentage and RBIs (81)
• Two-time First-team All-Pac 10 (2002 & 2003)
• Made two Women’s College World Series Appearances (2002 & 2003)
• Member of PFX Tour (2006)
• Member of the Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League (2005)
• Member of the NPF All-Star team
• Personal website is www.loviejung.com