Atavus’ own Head of Rugby Emilie Bydwell has been selected to join Team USA’s Women’s 7s Rugby team as their Team Leader. We couldn’t be more proud of her and we are excited to share her experience with you along the way. Emilie will be reporting from Rio here on our blog. Make sure to tune in daily to follow along!

7/30/2016, 6:30am Houston, Texas

It’s the morning on the day we fly to Rio. The team have worked so hard in our final few days in Florida and today we finally get on that flight to the Olympics! Everyone is so excited, so what do elite rugby players do first thing? That’s right, team mobility. Child’s Pose everyone!

Before we can get on our flight, we have to go through Team USA processing. This is where we get given our official Team USA apparel, bags and uniforms. Nike knows how to make us all feel special with everyone getting an individualized changing room, with shining lights all around and our names projected on the mirror when we walk in! It always feels like a privilege to put on a USA jersey but to see the Olympic badge on our sparkling new kit was something else.

Before we depart for the airport, a large crowd of well-wishers swarmed the hotel. It feels amazing to know that all these people are behind us. It really makes a difference. The Mayor of Houston even came out and said some inspirational words. We’re so grateful and humbled by all the support.

On a personal note, I’m so thankful to be heading to Rio with one of my very best friends, Richie Walker. We’ve worked and coached together for so long, I’ll be doing everything I can to make this the best experience ever for him and the whole squad. See you in Rio!!

Olympic Schedule

Women’s Rugby Brodcast Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT    USA vs Fiji    NBCSN
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT   Austrailia vs Columbia    NBCSN
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT   New Zealand vs Spain  CNBC
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT    USA vs Colombia    NBCSN
5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT   Austrailia vs Fiji    NBCSN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT   Canada vs Great Britain    USA Network
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT    Fiji vs Colombia    USA Network
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT    USA vs Australia    USA Network
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT    Quarter Finals 1-4   NBCSN

MONDAY, AUGUST 8th
1:30pm ET/10:30 PT    Semifinals  NBCSN
2:00pm ET/11:00 PT    Semifinals  NBCSN
5:30pm ET/2:30 PT     Bronze Medal Match  CNBC
6:00pm ET/3:00 PT     Gold Medal Match  CNBC

Men’s Rugby Brodcast Schedule

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9th
10:00am ET/7:00am PT  Australia vs France  NBCSN
10:30am ET/7:30am PT   South Africa vs Spain  NBCSN
11:00am ET/8:00am PT  Great Britain vs Kenya NBCSN
11:30am ET/8:30am PT  New Zealand vs Japan  NBCSN
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT  USA vs Argentina  NBCSN
12:30am ET/9:30am PT  Fiji vs. Brazil  NBCSN
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT   Great Britain vs Japan  USA Network
4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT  New Zealand vs Kenya  USA Network
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT  USA vs Brazil CNBC
5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT  Fiji vs. Argentina  CNBC

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10th
12:00pm EST/9:00am PST  New Zealand vs. Great Britain    USA Network
12:30pm EST/9:30am PST    USA vs Fiji    USA Network
4:00pm EST/1:00pm PST   Quater Finals 1 & 2   USA Network
5:00pm EST/2:00pm PST  Quater Finals 3 & 4  USA Network

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th
1:30pm EST/10:30am PST    Semifinals  NBCSN
2:00pm EST/11:00am PST    Semifinals  NBCSN
5:30pm EST/2:30pm PST    Bronze Medal Match  NBCSN
6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST    Gold Medal Match   NBCSN