Nicole Heavirland, the USA Eagles rugby 7s skipper has fulfilled a life long dream of playing in the Olympic Games. She has been a key member of the USA Rugby women’s sevens program for the past five years.
On June 17, the captains dream became a reality when USA Rugby announced their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Squad, Heavirland made the top 12 players named for the games.
The stars hard work has paid of with the highest athletic achievement any athlete dreams about.
“She’s so regimented; she’s given up a lot, like eating candy or eating bad foods. It’s a sacrifice she wants to do, and we’re so proud of her,” said Carmen Heavirland in an interview.
The West Point graduate grew up playing basketball which no doubt has helped her ball skills for Rugby as she fell in love with the sport.
Team USA is set to be based in Mimaska, Japan as they plan to fly out next week, then travel to Tokyo for the Opening ceremony on the 23rd.
Heavirland and the USA Eagles are one of the favorites to end the Tokyo Games with a podium finish as the women’s team continues to improve on their game.
USA women’s sevens prove to be a powerful team with pace on the wing as Alev Kelter, Cheta emba and Kristen Thomas add flair to their squad.
Abby Gustaitis and Thomas is named co-captains of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The USA Rugby Women’s Sevens Tokyo Olympic Squad:
Abby Gustaitis (Co-Captain)
Leyla Alev Kelter
Kristen Thomas (Co-Captain)
with their alternate, Nia Toliver And travelling reserves, Kasey McCravey and Nana Fa’avesi.