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ESPN Profiles Fantasy Softball Winner Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is the subject of a new ESPN profile, and it delves into her passion for sports.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand helped lead the members' softball team. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)
Gillibrand helped lead the members’ softball team. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bonnie Bernstein interviewed Gillibrand for her ESPNw series about famous women who played sports growing up. In the interview, Gillibrand discussed playing tennis growing up and her collegiate career with The Big Green at Dartmouth — where she started playing junior varsity tennis and eventually shifted to squash.

“I had a very strong backhand. Serve was strong. Net game was strong. Fairly aggressive player,” she self-analyzed. “My forehand was always my weakest. Unreliable at a times, but I love tennis.”

Gillibrand also spoke of her admiration for tennis legend Martina Navratilova, her interest in running and her well-documented weight loss.

The video includes footage of Gillibrand knocking a hit back a pitch from Yours Truly in the 2012 Congressional Women’s Softball game that raises money for a breast cancer charity.

For the Washington, D.C., community, Gillibrand’s athletic prowess is well-known. Gillibrand was the most-selected ballplayer in CQ Roll Call’s Fantasy Softball competition in the lead-up to the 2013 Congressional Women’s Softball game. She lived up to the hype, hitting two doubles and tied with NBC’s Kasie Hunt as the top RBI-getter in the game.