[The Breakdown] Ringgenberg, Emba: New 7s Residents

Minnesota ATAVUS Athlete Christy Ringgenberg trains her way back to Chula Vista ahead of Rio 2016.

USA Women 7s coach Julie McCoy has added Christy Ringgenberg and Cheta Emba as residents at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. The additions come after a weeklong high performance camp during which McCoy was considering new contracts and Sao Paulo 7s selections.

At 33 years old, Ringgenberg is one of the USA’s most decorated Eagles. She has been in the system since 2004, when she debuted at the Hong Kong 7s, and went on to captain the Eagles during the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009. Before returning to the 7s World Cup in 2013, Ringgenberg starred on the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup team (15s) and scored a record 26 points (2 tries, 5 conversions, 2 penalties) against Kazakhstan.

Ringgenberg has been on contract at the OTC before, and when McCoy assumed the head coaching position in September 2015, the Minnesota native reached out to her former coach. McCoy informed the flyhalf that if she could get back into shape (Ringgenberg is a new mother), then she would get her shot at the January camp.

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