TPHS grad makes first women’s Olympic rugby team

Rancho Santa Fe native Jessica “JJ” Javelet has earned a spot on the USA Olympic Women’s Rugby team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games. This will mark the first women’s rugby sevens competition in the Olympics and games will be played at Deodoro Stadium Aug. 6-8.

The Games will be the Torrey Pines High School alumni’s first Olympics but this is not Javelet’s first national team — she was a member of the USA National Field Hockey team from 2006-2009, missing out on a chance to compete at the Olympics in 2008. The three-time field hockey All American at University of Louisville and former professional tackle football player in the Women’s Football Alliance, has been playing the sport of rugby since 2014.

“It is an amazing honor and privilege to be named to the USA Women’s Rugby Sevens Olympic team, but it’s only the beginning of our journey,” Javelet said. “We’re excited to perform on the world stage and make our families, friends, and fans proud. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and thankful for everyone who has supported me throughout all my athletic endeavors.”

Based on past results on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, Team USA was drawn into Pool A with Australia, Colombia, and Fiji for the Games.

The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista will continue to host the Olympic team until July 26, when they travel to Florida for a week-long training camp. The team departs Florida for Brazil Aug. 2 before the Opening Ceremony Friday, Aug. 5. The Rugby Sevens competition kicks off Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. ET, with the U.S.'s first game scheduled for noon ET.

A full broadcast schedule for the Rugby Sevens competition will be announced by NBC at a later date.