Jennie Finch put American softball on the map with her devastating pitches and killer looks.

But in August, the 29-year-old softball megastar will be retiring after 10 years of serving as the face of the women's sport.

The Olympic gold medalist announced Tuesday that she will play her final games with the U.S. national team this week at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla., before finishing up the rest of the National Pro Fastpitch season with the Chicago Bandits.

After that, it's all over for the wife of minor league pitcher Casey Daigle and mother of 4-year-old son, Ace.

"This whole career has been way more than I ever even imagined or dreamed," Finch said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The opportunities that I'd be able to enjoy and appreciate and be a part of, it's been incredible."

The 6-foot-2 Finch first became known as a standout pitcher at Arizona before becoming an icon with the U.S. team. She went 32-0 her junior year and put together 60 consecutive wins — both of which are NCAA records. She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver four years later in Beijing.

"I just feel like it gets harder and harder every year with Ace getting older," Finch said. "And time away from my husband and even family events such as birthdays and friends' weddings and things that I've always just missed out on because of softball.

"Right now in my career, it's like I'm having more fun than I've ever had, so it's kind of like, 'Man, I can't stop now,'" she added. "I'm playing first base and pitching and hitting. I feel like I'm almost better than I've ever been. It's like, 'You're going to walk away like this?'"