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Jillion Potter headlines U.S. Olympic women’s rugby roster after cancer battle

Jillion Potter

CHULA VISTA, CA - JULY 14: USA Rugby hopeful Jillion Potterruns with the ball during a training session at the Olympic Training Center on July 14, 2016 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Jillion Potter will be on the first U.S. Olympic women’s rugby team in Rio, less than two years after being diagnosed with stage III Synovial sarcoma in September 2014.

Potter, 30, headlines a 12-woman team that has a shot at a medal. The U.S. was fifth and sixth the last two years in the cumulative World Series season standings.

Potter returned to training in April 2015, after 18 weeks of chemotherapy and two months of radiation, with an eye on returning to international competition by the end of the year and making the 2016 Olympic team.

She was named captain of the U.S. team for the first event of the 2015-16 World Series in Dubai in December.

U.S. Olympic women’s rugby roster
Bui Baravilala
Ryan Carlyle
Lauren Doyle
Joanne Fa’avesi
Carmen Farmer
Victoria Folayan
Kelly Griffin
Jessica Javelet
Kathryn Johnson
Alev Kelter
Jillion Potter
Richelle Stephens

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