July 10, 2008
BERKELEY - CalBears.com spoke to California alumna Vicky Galindo about her dream of competing in the Olympics. After breaking her arm on Feb. 19, 2008, she rebounded and was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team on March 28. A member of the national squad since 2005, the Union City, Calif., product has played second and third base for the United States. She also plays professionally for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league along with former Cal teammate Kristina Thorson.
CalBears.com: You fractured your left arm in the first game of USA Softball's "Bound 4 Beijing" tour, on the third pitch of your first at bat against Arizona. How is your arm now?
Galindo: "I've come back really fast. It's just been a matter of catching up with the other girls. They've had lots of at-bats and opportunities to play. It's just a matter of catching up."
CalBears.com: What is Cal head coach Diane Ninemire really like?
Galindo: "Diane is the type of coach who would do anything for her players. I could call her tonight and she would get back to me right away. She's amazing."
CalBears.com: You have a professed dislike of flight delays. With a long flight to China already ahead of you, how will you handle any delays?
Galindo: "As long I get there in time to walk through Opening Ceremonies, I'll be fine."
CalBears.com: How did you come to carry the Olympic torch as a 12-year-old in 1996?
Galindo: "My mom entered a radio contest with an amazing letter why she thought her daughter deserved to carry the Olympic Torch. It was the Games' 100th anniversary and the first time that softball was in the Olympics. I carried it through Winters (Calif.). It was just a great experience. It was the first time I had thought about representing my country. The crowds in the streets were all so excited. My mom and I were talking and she said, 'Honey, wouldn't it be amazing if you were in the Olympics?' That's when I first started thinking about it."
CalBears.com: What makes Cal so good at preparing athletes for success at the Olympics?
Galindo: "Cal has a longstanding history. It's amazing. A lot has to do with not only the athletic history, but also the academic history. It attracts people from all over."