Shelly Stokes (born 26 Oct 1967, Sacramento, competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where she received a gold medal with the American team.
Stokes played NCAA softball for California State University, Fresno.
Shelly Stokes interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
This week former Olympian Shelly Stokes answers my 10 questions.
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I was 8.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. I had many good coaches at an early age but coach Margie Wright had the biggest impact on my softball career.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. I liked to get dressed and ready to play early so I could have some time to my self prior to the game.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. Spend time with family and I’ve really grown to love the game of soccer.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. Never taking the easy way out and always working harder than your competitor!
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. Not really.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. Winning a Gold Medal at the Olympics
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. The mental aspect of the game is huge!! You have to prepare just as much for the mental side of the game as you do for the physical side.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. I would love to have been able to be a professional athlete as a full time career.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. Trying to make the Olympic team and improving my weaknesses in order to be considered for the team. Athletes have to be realistic with their abilities and continue to become the best possible athlete they can.
A Few Accomplishments
Olympic Gold Medalist (1996)
ISF World Champion (1998)
Pan American Gold Medalist (1995 &1999)
National Team Experience
2000 Alternate to USA Team
1999 Gold medalist Pan American Games
1998 Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
1996 Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia
1995 Gold medalist at Superball Classic
Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Bronze medalist US Olympic Festival
Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Gold medalist at South Pacific Classic
Silver medalist US Olympic Festival
Gold medalist at Women’s World Challenger Cup
Silver medalist at Tri-National Challenge
1990 Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
1987 Gold medalist at Pan American Games
1986 Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
1985Gold medalist at South Pacific Classic
Gold Medalist at World Games II
1984 Gold medalist at International Cup
1983 Silver medalist at Pan American Games
1982 ISF World Championships – 4th place
1981 Gold medalist Tri-Nation Challenge
1979 Gold medalist Pan American Games
At Call State Fresno
Collegiate All-American (1990)
All-West Region (1989)
All Big West Conference (1989 &1990)
NCAA All Women’s CWS (1989)
Drafted by WPF