Jessica Mendoza, was part of the gold winning U.S. Softball team at the 2004 Olympics. In addition, she also participated in and won the gold at the World Championships (2002, 2006) and the Pan American Games (2003, 2007). Jessica won a silver medal with the U.S. Women’s team in Beijing this past August.
Jessica in the New York Times :
Whether speaking to a group of young softball players or plying her teammates with literature, Jessica Mendoza, a 27-year-old outfielder on the United States Olympic softball team, does not hesitate to speak her mind about the killings in Darfur…
“I feel like there’s no one out there who would think that it’s a controversial issue to talk about 400,000 people being killed in Darfur right now,” said Ms. Mendoza, who helped the American team win a gold medal in Athens in 2004. “But I’m not about to go into China and tell their government what to do.”
Jessica at the Olympic Truce Wall in the Beijing Olympic Village: