Utah lesbian couple Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez played against each other over the weekend at the Tokyo Olympics. Chidester on Team USA and Urtez for Team Mexico. See QSaltLake’s cover story about the couple.
Chidester took to Instagram:
“The day is finally here!!! We are constantly being asked how we feel about competing against each other! We are both excited! We are competitors who are focused on our own paths with our respective teams. We are going out on the field and giving it all we have. We are beyond proud of each other for living out our dreams and loving every second of getting to experience this together!Instagram
“We know that our life together has its own identity, and win or lose nothing will change that. While we do step on the field as opponents, we step off as fiancés. I’m proud of what Anissa has accomplished in her career and I’m excited to compete against her on the biggest stage. Even though I’m rooting for my team to win and she’s rooting for hers, at the end of the day our support for each other is unconditional.
Team USA. ranked number one in the world, defeated Mexico 2-0, and remains undefeated as they advanced to the gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics. Team USA will be the home team for the gold medal game Tuesday.
Former Utah softball standout Anissa Urtez has made a splash in the opening round of play at the Tokyo Olympic Games, competing for Team Mexico, which is making its first appearance in Olympic Softball.
Urtez, who starred at the University of Utah from 2014–17, hit the first home run in Team Mexico Olympics history on Thursday, July 22, in a 3-2 loss to host Japan at Fukushima Azuma Stadium. Urtez went 2-3 in the game and collected two RBI, with her solo home run tying the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning. She came up to bat again in the seventh inning with her team trailing 2-1 and tied the game again with a single to drive in a run.
Team Mexico lost their first game to Canada 0-4, their second game to Japan 2-3, and their third game to USA 0-2. They won their fourth game against Italy 5-0. They will face Canada once again in the Bronze Medal Game Tuesday at 1 p.m., Tokyo time, which is tonight at 10 p.m. Mountain time.
Chidester is credited for saving Team USA from a loss against Australia.
“The United States had just given up its first run and was two outs away from losing for the first time in the Olympic softball tournament,” wrote Associated Press. “Amanda Chidester stepped up to the plate with two runners on and slapped the ball into left field … Ally Carda and Haylie McCleney came across the plate on Chidester’s eighth-inning single, giving the United States a pulsating 2-1 victory.”
Team USA will face Team Japan Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tokyo time, which is 5 a.m. Mountain time.
See QSaltLake’s cover story about the couple, how they met, their engagement, and what they think of competing against one another..