Crystl Bustos

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Crystl Bustos
Personal information
Nickname(s) The Big Bruiser
Born September 8, 1977 (1977-09-08) (age 40)
Canyon Country, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
College team Palm Beach Panthers

Crystl Irene Bustos (born September 8, 1977), also known as The Big Bruiser, is an American softball player at the designated hitter or third base position although on the roster she is a designated player.[1] She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She holds the world record for home runs during an Olympic series, with six.[2]

Bustos, a Mexican American, was born in Canyon Country, California. She began her career playing softball at Canyon Country Little League and attended Palm Beach Community College.[3] She is a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic softball team, which won the silver medal after losing to Japan in the gold-medal game, the first loss for the U.S. women in 23 straight Olympic games.[4] Her accomplishments also include two World Cup Championships (2006 and 2007), three Pan American gold medals (1999, 2003 and 2007), and a gold medal at the 2006 ISF World Championships. She has also played for the NPF Akron Racers, and was the Most Valuable Player in the WPSL for the Orlando Wahoos in 1998.[5]

Bustos announced that she would retire from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[6]

Bustos was named 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year. She became the field manager for the Akron Racers in October 2009,[7] but elected to return to the playing field for the Racers in 2010.


  1. ^ Coffey, Wayne (July 4, 2000). "CRYSTL PURE GOLD FOR U.S. WOMEN'S OLYMPIC SOFTBALLER GETS RAVES". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ "U.S. advances to gold medal game with 5-0 win over Australia". Amateur Softball Association. August 22, 2004. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  3. ^ Branch, John (August 17, 2008). "Bustos Is a Rugged Slugger With a Heart of Gold". New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Team USA loses bid for fourth straight softball gold medal". Sports Illustrated. August 21, 2008. Archived from the original on August 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Crystl Bustos". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-08-16. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Branch, John (August 16, 2008). "The Babe Ruth of Women's Softball Has a Heart of Gold". New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
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