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Bustos nears pro deal

Canyon High graduate was also named 2008 USA Softball Player of Year

Posted: January 15, 2009 10:57 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Crystl Bustos was named 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year.

 
Within a couple of weeks, Canyon High graduate and three-time Olympic softball medalist Crystl Bustos will be signing a contact to resume playing with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch league.

Bustos said Thursday that she will be signing a one-year deal with the team she spent 2005 and 2006 with.

The 31-year-old was also recently named 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year.

“I just want to play my best and do what I do as an athlete,” said the humble superstar. “I don’t look at the awards. They’re awesome, but it’s more or less something my family can brag about. Just the recognition is all I need.”

Bustos hit .500 in the Beijing Games for the silver-medal winning team.

She established an Olympic record with six home runs, including one in the gold-medal game loss to Japan.

Bustos retired from international competition after the loss.

“Especially since it was my last year of USA Softball, I just wanted to make sure I went out on top,” Bustos said.

She hit an Olympic career record 14 home runs and won gold medals in 2000 and 2004.

After a vote in 2006, though, the International Olympic Committee eliminated softball from the Olympics.

Bustos has turned her attention to charity recently, pushing her “Bustos Elite” program.

Thus far, the nonprofit organization has concentrated on helping underprivileged children play softball.

Bustos said the next project is soccer.

She has also expressed a desire to coach in the near-future.

Bustos said she’d like to be involved with USA Softball as a coach as well.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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