Atlanta got an inch of snow yesterday – maybe not the most exciting news, unless one considers the 12 national 7s teams that are readying for the Atlanta 7s, the second leg the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series. The Georgia capital usually enjoys temperatures around 60 degrees this time of year, but 2014 has been tumultuous in terms of weather.
Life University’s Dan Payne indicated that his pitches in Marietta and those at host site Kennesaw State have been closed, meaning teams and organizers have had to be creative in accommodating training sessions this week.
“Weather has kept us penned up since we got here, but the hotel and organizers have done an excellent job of getting us space in converted ballrooms,” Canada 7s head coach John Tait said. “Means we just spend more time on video and recovery, or anything else we can do indoors. Luckily we are centralized, so most of our prep was done before arriving here. It’s just about reinforcing plans and making sure we are crystal on how we want to play. Hoping to get on field [today] and have a good blow before Saturday.”
The USA has been taking the inclement weather in stride as well.
“We knew the weather coming to Atlanta so this isn't a big surprise to us,” USA’s Deven Owsiany said. “We've been making the most out of it by practicing inside and going to the gym to get some weights in. A little cross-training basketball game is always a great warm-up for weights. They have a ballroom that is pretty spacious so they've moved the tables to give us some space.
“There hasn't been any major disruptions,” Owsiany added. “It definitely helps to spend some of our downtime watching the Olympics and seeing that sometimes the conditions aren't ideal, but when it comes to game time, we have to perform. So excited to play this weekend! Rain, snow, sleet or hail.”
The forecast for this weekend isn’t quite as dire as current conditions: partly cloudy, between 45-50 degrees. It’ll be quite the shock, however, when next weekend teams travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where temperatures are in the 90s.