THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — Andrea Howard, a UNM softball player, is training hard to earn a position in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
This is all getting more true now, Howard said.
At La Cueva High School, where he played baseball, Howard won six championships and set a Mountain West record for home runs. She can finally compete in the Olympics and realise her Olympic ambitions.
A. Howard Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Howard, a dual U.S./Italian citizen, has been a fixture on the Italian national team for years. Her goal is to rejoin the squad for a short period of time, during which she will participate in practises and games.
“When I get to Rome, the first thing that we have to do is all our medical clearance, so when I get there, the first thing that we’ll do is talk to all the doctors and get physically cleared, and then I’ll meet with the team on the 20th,” she stated.
Howard was a member of the Italian team that qualified for the 2020 Olympics before the epidemic put a halt to the games.
When I’m around those girls, I feel like I fit right in. They’re nice to talk to and make you feel just at home. Teammates’ dreams have come true thanks to them, and I feel lucky to be a part of that,” Howard added.
The mother of Howard, Christina, is of Italian ancestry. Howard promised that they would make numerous trips back to the area to see his relatives throughout the years.
The people are friendly, the scenery is breathtaking, and the cuisine is out of this world. “If you ever have the opportunity to visit Italy, I highly recommend it because the people are very warm and friendly,” remarked Howard.
On Sunday, Howard will take a plane to Rome. While she is at training camp in Italy, her mother hopes to visit.