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!

8/6/2016, Rio, Brazil

After all the training, all the hard work, all the sacrifices the players have had to make, today is what it has all been about. The players prepared well over night and loved their visit to the opening ceremony. For the manager, it’s all about the last minute checks and making sure the players don’t have to think about anything but performing on the day.

First up against Fiji was a tough loss, but the team has great character and really pulled together for the match against Columbia. The time between games is tough. We have 5 hours between games, which can be hard both physically and mentally on the players. Before the Olympics, we organized several tournaments where we created these conditions. The players know the routines in the 5 hour period, and can switch on and off to prepare appropriately. I think the benefit of this showed in the Columbia game and the players now feel fully in competition mode. We’ll relax and analyze tonight and be ready to continue our fight for a medal tomorrow.

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