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!

8/4/2016, Rio, Brazil

Another beautiful day in Rio, and another great day’s training. The players are now settling into their routines and soaking up the experience. In the Olympic environment, when everything is so new and exciting, it’s important to be able to center yourself and switch off the mind and body, to reset, while staying focused and intense in training.

Richie is so good at doing this by bringing fun and humor to the group.. We had our Jersey Ceremony tonight and to surprise the players, Richie had all of the staff dress up in our brand new Team USA Ralph Lauren swag. Oh boy! The guys were decked out in white shirts, white shorts, boat shoes and matching stripy tees. I went for a long stripy RL Rugby Sweater Dress. We looked like we’d walked straight off a yacht! The girls loved it. I think Richie has a job in modeling after the Olympics.

We invited retired American Women’s Soccer star Julie Foudy along to speak and present the jerseys. Julie is a true Olympic legend. It was really inspirational to hear her talk about her experiences, and what it takes to be an Olympic champion. We understand the legacy to which we’re contributing.

After the ceremony, we all took a walk into the Olympic Village and had our photos taken in front of the Olympic rings. It was a very special evening and one we’ll all remember dearly.

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