NBC caught up with Dutch Olympic team member and former Buckeye
Compiled by Joe Battaglia, NBCOlympics.com
Kristi DeVries was well aware of her Dutch heritage, but until someone asked her about playing for the Netherlands, she had never considered that her Olympic dreams could be realized abroad. After graduating from Ohio State, DeVries obtained dual citizenship and will pitch for the Netherlands this summer in Beijing.
She spoke with NBC Olympics about her experiences playing overseas.
When did you start playing softball and how did you get into the sport?
I started playing ball at the age of 8. My sister (3 years older) got into the sport because of her friend and I of course followed my sister.
Both sets of your grandparents were born in the Netherlands. Did your parents and grandparents ever talk about the country when you were growing up and did you ever get to visit the country growing up or before you began playing there?
They didn't talk much about it. They had gone on a trip or two and I saw a few pictures from that. Otherwise the only introduction I got of Holland from my parents was during Christmas when they both spoke Dutch to each other in front of my sister and I so we wouldn't know what we were getting for Christmas presents.
When did you first start thinking about playing in the Netherlands and what sparked the idea?
The thought had never crossed my mind until I was at the Canada Cup in 2002 and someone on the sidelines asked me if I was Dutch and how much Dutch I was. When I told them 100% they asked if I would be interested in playing for the Netherlands. I thought it was an unbelievable chance of a lifetime and would definitely entertain the idea.
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