Watch: Minnesota Olympian delivers vicious hit in Rio 2016 rugby match


The surprise medal hopes for the U.S. Women's rugby team came to an end on Sunday, but not without an impressive impact made by a Minnesota member of the squad.

Minnesota native Kathryn Johnson summoned her inner Harrison Smith when she laid out an Australian player early in their match on Sunday. Unlike Smith, Johnson did it without pads.

According to her Team USA rugby profile, the 24-year-old is a former student of Hopkins High School and still calls the west metro city her home. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

While the hit helped set the tone for the U.S. to play Australia to a 12-12 tie, and stay alive for a medal, the U.S. was knocked out of contention later Sunday when they were beaten by New Zealand.

As for Johnson, you never know, the Vikings might still be looking for another safety.

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