Rugby is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1924, and Team USA's Kathryn Johnson made sure it returned with a bang.
Entering the final game of pool play with a 1-1 record and needing a win or draw to reach the knockout round, the American squad faced a tall task against world No. 1 Australia. Johnson wasted no time making it clear that Team USA wouldn't be intimidated by the tournament's favorites.
Johnson landed this massive hit only 19 seconds into the match, setting the tone for a hard-fought match and proving that the Americans would be no pushovers:
Buoyed by Johnson's tenacity, Team USA proceeded to surprisingly battle the world's top team to a 12-12 draw, which propelled the squad into the tournament's quarterfinals on Monday.
There, the Americans proceeded to fall to world No. 2 New Zealand in a tight 5-0 match, but the team went on to respond with two straight consolation victories to claim fifth place in the tournament. Meanwhile, after respectively escaping upset bids by the feisty USA squad, Australia and New Zealand will battle for the gold medal Monday evening.
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