Congratulations to 2014
Graham Downes Rugby Scholarship recipient Ben Pinkelman on his selection to the
2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Rugby Team. Ben was one of the 12 selected by coach
Mike Friday and his staff to Defend the Gold in Rio.
Soon after returning from his four-week Graham Downes Rugby Scholarship at the Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa, Ben started to become a frequent attendee of the U.S. High Performance Camps at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, all while juggling school and rugby at Colorado State University. Ben showed a maturity beyond his 22 years as he excelled at school and still managed to play in six World Sevens Series events. But that was more than enough appearances to show the coaching staff that he had all the attributes needed to be a valuable player on this year's Olympic team. Ben scored eight tries in 36 Series matches, was a reliable defender with a big work rate, and became one of the Eagles main restart weapons.
Congratulations Ben and the best of luck in Rio!