Women's Rugby, Alev Kelter


“You’re not defined by the no’s and yes’s in life, but by your purpose and values.” – Alev Kelter

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What was the most rewarding part of the Olympics?

The most rewarding part of the Olympics was representing the USA. It was truly an honor, and a blessed opportunity I’ll never forget.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in participating in rugby?

Go out and try it! In rugby you need every shape and size. It’s safe. Proper techniques show us that we should use shoulder wraps, rather than your head to tackle. It’s a mixture of a lot of different sports, and a ton of fun to play and watch!

Why do you do what you do?

I play rugby, sports for that matter, because I was blessed with a talent—a talent that God provided from a young age. I made a pact with God at 14 years old that I would offer up all my athletics for a platform to inspire and motivate. I wanted to make an Olympic team because I know that’s the biggest platform to reach others and share God’s will.

What are some of your most memorable experiences?

My most memorable experiences from the Rio Olympics were:

  1. Meeting the U.S. Make a Wish Kids at the foot of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. I got to visit and share my story and tell them that on behalf of Team USA, we were so proud of them and how their stories inspire us each and every day! I was sobbing, and it was such a cool happenstance to meet them all there at that monumental statue.
  2. Seeing my family and friends cheering in the stands after being the first American female to ever score a try in the Olympics.

What goes through your head once you’ve finished a game? What about when you and your team wins?

When I finish a game, the biggest thing is to recover and replenish nutrients I’ve lost. Get the protein shakes in and some Deep Blue Rub on my legs. I write out what went well, and what didn’t go well in my journal. Then I eat a PB&J along with some beef jerky or hot chicken and rice. I always bring a blow-up camping mattress, so I blow that up and use the Norma tech machine to help compress my legs more. Film is watched, the previous game is flushed, and then the essential naps happen. When I wake up from the nap, it’s pre-game all over again!

What doTERRA products do you use, and how do they help you? Describe how you use each product.

I use doTERRA On Guard® when my throat is scratchy or after I get off long plane rides.

 

I love using Lavender on my pillow. It reminds me of home and helps put me to sleep.

I add Lemon and Grapefruit in my water as a daily routine.

Before my games, I use Peppermint and throughout all my rugby training I use Deep Blue®.

Leesa Bridges from Alaska taught me how to do the AromaTouch® technique. I love using that on tour with teammates.

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