Carlin Isles, known as The Fastest Man in American Rugby, grew up in Ohio, where he set many high school records. He went on to attend Ashland University, where he competed in track and football.
“Carlin Isles is a sprinter who one day four years ago stumbled upon some rugby sevens videos on YouTube. He had never seen the sport before and of course he never played it. He gathered his life savings, drove from Texas to Colorado, and began to learn the rules. He is now called ‘the fastest man in rugby’,” the NBC Olympic site notes.
The 26 year-old (born November 21,1989) began his rugby career in 2012 playing in Colorado for the Gentlemen of Aspen RFC. Impressive play for the the US National Development team in 2012 earned him a spot on the Eagles Sevens squad that competed in Australia later that year. While he continues to play for the US national team, Isles has also played for teams in Scotland.