Alev Kelter has been a staple player for the Women’s USA sevens national team for years. She has made her mark as one of the key players for both the XVs and 7s Eagles squad.
Kelter made her Olympic debut along with the team five years ago in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she was the teams top try scorer while USA finished fifth.
The former hockey player missed out on an Olympic Games opportunity in 2014 for ice hockey, this gave coach Ric Suggitt a chance to snatch the star and invited her to try rugby. She immediately flew out to San Diego and two months later she received her first contract with Team USA.
The sevens star remains humble as she acknowledges her teammates for helping her learn and grow throughout the years.
“And all of that happened as a testament to my teammates being selfless and teaching me every ounce of information about rugby.” she said in an interview.
“I have an expectation of us gold medaling.” she said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
The Alaskan rugby player is now more competitive than ever and is not backing down against an early favorite, New Zealand. The Black Ferns who finished second five years ago are now back and not taking less than a gold medal. Their performance against Fiji and Australia have been off the roof, but they have yet to face the rest of the podium contenders, Canada, France and USA.
the two time Olympian is also not just a role model on the field but also off the field saying of the current issues.
“I think we have a social responsibility to stand up and fight for what’s right. There’s no room for discrimination. Whether that’s trans rights, or Black Lives Matter, or women’s equity and parity, we are there to build everyone up.”