Olympic softball wasn’t introduced into the Olympic program until the 1996 Atlanta Games. The United States captured the gold medal at the inaugural game and went on to take gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games and Athens 2004 Games. The 2004 U.S. softball team, nicknamed The Real Dream Team, dominated the Games that year, outscoring opponents 51 to 1. That winning streak ended at the 2008 Beijing Games when Japan took the gold.
The IOC removed baseball and softball from the Olympic program starting in 2012. The sport was then temporarily readmitted for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Olympic softball is an event for women only. One of the top performing U.S. players at the Olympic Games was Lisa Fernandez, one of the greatest female athletes of all time. She led the U.S. team to their three consecutive gold medal wins.