2-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers has been included on the U.S. women’s Eagles sevens roster for the upcoming Guangzhou Sevens. Meyers won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Games and a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi in 2-woman bobsled.
Meyers along with Alev Kelter and Shaina Turley earned Residency contracts in the last 3 months and will be making their first appearance for the Eagles in China.
Head Coach Ric Suggitt can be credited with recruiting Meyers to rugby. The college softball player turned bobsledder was convinced by Suggitt to try rugby after he spotted her at the Olympic Training Center despite her never having played or even seen rugby being played.
“It’s been crazy,” Meyers said in USA Today. “The girls have been awesome, teaching me how to play the game. But it’s been a sharp learning curve.”
Meyers who is more accustomed to pushing her sled straight-away into the course admitted that she has run more in her short rugby career than she did while winning 2 Olympic medals and that she is getting used to running laterally.
“I’m offsides all the time,” she said. “I want to run forward and push the ball. I just need to calm down and be patient.”
Nevertheless Suggitt believe this is the time to throw Meyers and the other new players ‘into a major competition.’
The Guangzhou Sevens is the 4th leg of the 2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series and is on April 5-6. The USA is in Pool C along with Canada, Russia, and France. Ameila Vines will captain the team in only her 4th Series tournament.
Watch the Eagles live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website
Women’s Eagles Sevens | Guangzhou Sevens
1. Victoria Folayan
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Amelia Villines
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Elana Meyers
8. Shaina Turley
9. Lorrie Clifford
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Alev Kelter
12. Rebekah Siebach
Women’s Eagles Sevens | Guangzhou Sevens Pool C
v Canada – Friday, April 4 – 10:00 P.M. ET
v Russia – Saturday, April 5 – 1:06 A.M. ET
v France – Saturday, April 5 – 3:50 A.M. ET