Between The Lines - Olson
Getting To Know Anna Olson
Anna Olson arrived in Bloomington with the expectation of competing for the starting nod at first base. Little did she know that her biggest competition would be overcoming a knee injury that forced her to miss winter practice and the Hoosiers first 13 games of the year. Olson finally made her Indiana debut against Western Kentucky on March 4, with a pinch-hit opportunity. Since then, she has seen action in 16 games with 11 starts, all coming as the designated player. She is currently hitting .303 with a home run, six RBI and a run scored. Her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot, came against then No.-9 Oklahoma on March 15. Here is a peak at a Cream and Crimson player who will look to do more offensive damage in her four years.
How did it feel to hit your first home run against Oklahoma?
It felt great, but even better was that I was finally contributing and helping out the team.
How hard was it not being able to play earlier in the season?
It was pretty hard for me. I was glad to make the trips and be a part of the team, but not being able to play was hard. Just being there, I just tried to cheer my teammates on and if I saw someone get down, I just tried and did my best to help them get back up.
Why did you choose IU?
I fell in love with IU the very first time I visited. It's a place you need to visit to experience. It's a wonderful opportunity to get a quality education. It is a dream come true for me. It's awesome to be playing for IU in the Big Ten. I love being a Hoosier!
What is your most memorable softball experience and why?
My greatest moment of softball was my senior year having my freshman sister, Sara, with me on the varsity team. We anchored the corners of the infield. We had back-to-back, over the fence home runs. We went down state and I won the Illinois State Class AA home run derby. It was a great year that I will never forget.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My parents, because they believe in me. They encourage me to live my dreams and that I can achieve anything that I am willing to work for. They are my source of support and strength.
"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not going to make it, then you got to get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." --Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales.
Name one interesting fact about yourself that people would be surprised about?
For many years I figure skated competitively throughout the midwest and played on a boy's ice hockey team. My brother played hockey so my sister and I got into it and played as well.
If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
My Great, Great, Great Grandma Anna.
If you were speaking to some small kids who want to become athletes, what is the most important thing that you would tell them?
Practice is important in any sport, but to be successful you must play with passion. I believe hard work always pays off if you love what you are doing.
Between The Lines is a feature that will give you an inside look at the student-athletes that make-up the Indiana University Softball Team. Between The Lines will be posted at least twice a week, while selected features will be inserted into game programs at IU weekend home softball games.
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