Ryan Carlyle is an Olympian (2016) and two-time Rugby World Cup athlete (2013, 2018). She represented USA Rugby between 2011 and 2018 in both the 7's and the 15's, owns 28 international appearances National Rugby team, and finished her career as co-captain of the National Team, Player representative for the USAR Board of Directors, and Female Athlete Representative for the USAR Players Association.
Carlyle is recognized as a pioneer in American rugby since being a part of the Inaugural season of professional, full time Rugby in the USA (2012). She is one of the first 15 players to be paid to play rugby 7s in America. Since making her national team debut in 2011 at the World Rugby Sevens Challenge Cup in Hong Kong, Carlyle has helped the Women's Sevens achieve many feats and win many international medals including a World Cup Bronze medal, 5th Place Olympic Finish, and most recently 4th place World Cup finish.
In addition to her professional career, she also had a highly successful club career winning the national championship 3 times with 3 different teams and has been the recipient of numerous individual accolades for her outstanding performances as an elite athlete. Ryan played college rugby at the University of South Carolina. During her time there she won rookie of the Year, MVP, was recognized as one of the top players in the South East, Invited to National Team Camps and represented USC in the Collegiate National Championship all-star game. She graduated in 2011 with a BA degree in Marketing, majoring in Sports and Entertainment Management. Whilst training full-time in preparation for the Rio Olympics, she received her Masters of Business Administration as recipient of the United States Olympic Committee/DeVry Academic Partnership Scholarship, and was recognized at the 2016 Olympic Games as one of the Top Ten Most Highly Educated Olympians.
Now, retired from rugby, Ryan competes in Weightlifting (Snatch & Clean and Jerk) and trains out of her home garage gym with her girlfriend Lauren and goldendoodle Winston.
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2011 National Team Debut
2012 National Championship – San Diego Surfers
2013 World Cup, Moscow – Bronze
2014 National Championship – Seattle Saracens
2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro -5th
2018 World Cup, San Francisco -4th
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