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HOMETOWN: Allen Park, MI    
BIRTHDAY: April 11, 1990    
COLLEGE: University of Michigan   
EQUIPMENT: Wilson Custom 2020 A2000 FPBM, Evoshield PRO-SRZ Batter’s Wrist and Leg Guards, DeMarini Custom 2020 FNX Rising [-9], DeMarini CF Batting Glove, and Evoshield XGT Batting Glove

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AMANDA Chidester

What are you most looking forward to on the Team USA Tour?

I think it’s awesome that we’re going to be exposed to so many fans – so many softball players.

What's the biggest challenge you've faced?

I had been part of Team USA since 2012 and then I got cut completely from the program in the 2019 season. So I went and played with the Bandits in the NPF for the year and worked my butt off to get ready for the Team USA tryout in October. And I made the team.

This is something I haven’t talked about, actually, but when I got cut from that tryout I didn't wear USA letters until I was back in October. I wanted to work and earn [those letters] back.

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What is Something all your teammates have in common?

There’s got to be that drive inside of us to continue to get better and continue to play. It’s a passion for the game. There have been a lot of people on the team since 2012 when most of us started, and a lot of people have faded out since then. So it’s been kind of cool to see who has persevered.

what is the Best advice you’ve gotten?

Something that’s been close to my heart these past few years is something my grandma said all the time when we were growing up. She would always say to “put it in God’s hands.” I’ve always liked that. Especially with all the ups and downs these last few years. I just try to put it in God’s hands, trust it and go from there.

What's your go-to walk-up song?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theme song. The crowd loves it.

AMANDA Chidester

Advice for aspiring Olympians?

I think the biggest thing is intent. Doing things with a purpose. Everyone always says “hard work, hard work, hard work.” But you can work hard and it doesn’t do anything, right? Make sure there’s intent behind it and make it specific. Like, “I want to be a better hitter.” Have intent with everything you do, on and off the field.

What do you do to get game-ready?

For me, taking the time to get all my stretching in and get my body ready really helps me transition into game mode.

If I’m going to do this, I need to do it the right way. I need to be all-in in all areas.

AMANDA Chidester

What are you most looking forward to on the Team USA Tour?

I think it’s awesome that we’re going to be exposed to so many fans – so many softball players.

What's the biggest challenge you've faced?

I had been part of Team USA since 2012 and then I got cut completely from the program in the 2019 season. So I went and played with the Bandits in the NPF for the year and worked my butt off to get ready for the Team USA tryout in October. And I made the team.

This is something I haven’t talked about, actually, but when I got cut from that tryout I didn't wear USA letters until I was back in October. I wanted to work and earn [those letters] back.

AMANDA Chidester & Aso

What is Something all your teammates have in common?

There’s got to be that drive inside of us to continue to get better and continue to play. It’s a passion for the game. There have been a lot of people on the team since 2012 when most of us started, and a lot of people have faded out since then. So it’s been kind of cool to see who has persevered.

what is the Best advice you’ve gotten?

Something that’s been close to my heart these past few years is something my grandma said all the time when we were growing up. She would always say to “put it in God’s hands.” I’ve always liked that. Especially with all the ups and downs these last few years. I just try to put it in God’s hands, trust it and go from there.

What's your go-to walk-up song?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theme song. The crowd loves it.

AMANDA Chidester

Advice for aspiring Olympians?

I think the biggest thing is intent. Doing things with a purpose. Everyone always says “hard work, hard work, hard work.” But you can work hard and it doesn’t do anything, right? Make sure there’s intent behind it and make it specific. Like, “I want to be a better hitter.” Have intent with everything you do, on and off the field.

What do you do to get game-ready?

For me, taking the time to get all my stretching in and get my body ready really helps me transition into game mode.

If I’m going to do this, I need to do it the right way. I need to be all-in in all areas.

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