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Meet The 8 Winners Of Team USA's "Next Olympic Hopeful"

By Darci Miller | Aug. 25, 2017, 11 p.m. (ET)

Watch "Scouting Camp - The Next Olympic Hopeful" at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 31. Don't miss the action as nearly 100 athletes from track and field, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and countless other sports transfer their talents to bobsled, rugby, skeleton and track cycling in hopes of earning a spot on an Olympic team. And don't miss your chance to sign up for the 2018 version of "Scouting Camp" at TeamUSA.org/NextOlympicHopeful and begin your path to the podium today.

When 90 athletes converged on the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to film "The Next Olympic Hopeful," they spent several days undergoing rigorous testing for bobsled, skeleton, rugby and track cycling. At the end, only eight were selected to participate in national team camps.

Keep reading to learn more about the eight athletes that have been named Team USA's next Olympic hopefuls.

Miss any of the action? Tune in for the re-air of "The Next Olympic Hopeful" on Aug. 29 at 8:30 pm ET on NBCSN.

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Kyle Plante

Hometown: Albany, N.Y.

College: University of South Florida; University at Albany; New Mexico Junior College

Sports experience: In high school, played lacrosse, soccer and track and field, earning 10 varsity letters (five in indoor track and field, three in outdoor track and field and two in lacrosse).

What being an Olympian would mean to her: "Being an Olympian means everything to me. It is a recurring dream that has played out in my sleep and while I was running in practice and in competition. I don't believe there is any greater honor than to represent the United States in competition. To wear the red, white and blue of the United States would be an incredible experience."


Joshua Williamson

Hometown: Lake Mary, Fla.

College: Mercer University, Florida State University

Sports experience: Played four years of varsity lacrosse in high school and Division I lacrosse at Mercer University, has been weightlifting since age 14 and has run track on and off throughout his life.

What being an Olympian would mean to him: "It means getting the chance to represent your country, which means getting to represent every friend, family member and citizen in this country. It means being able to show the world how great our country and all its citizens are. It's the opportunity to compete at the highest level with the world's most elite athletes. And it means being able to put the stars and stripes on your back instead of your own last name, which would mean the most to me."



Kelli Smith

Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

College: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sports experience: High school track and field, basketball, volleyball and softball; track and field at UAB; competes in the "Alabama's Best Yet" women's flag football tournament and plays tackle football in the Women's Football Alliance.

What being an Olympian would mean to her: "The Olympics is a lifelong dream for me! Within my last years of eligibility at UAB, I realized that I have the talent and ability to make that dream come true. Being an Olympian would only increase my ability to influence younger athletes to stay positive and persevere to accomplish their dreams."


Devin Short

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

College: Adams State University

Sports experience: Played football, rugby, volleyball, wrestling and baseball in high school, and football at Adams State University.

What being an Olympian would mean to him: "Being an Olympian would mean everything to me. Through all of the sport I have played and all of the accomplishments I have fulfilled, being an Olympian would be the ultimate achievement. My whole life I have wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and represent my country while doing what I love, and I feel that is rugby."



Amanda Alvarez

Hometown: Renton, Wash.

College: Seattle Pacific, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sports experience: In high school, competed in soccer, gymnastics and track and field. At Seattle Pacific, competed in the triple jump for one year; in three years at Hawaii, competed in the triple jump, long jump and heptathlon. She also competes in powerlifting and is the Washington state record-holder in deadlift, total and push/pull.

What being an Olympian would mean to her: "It's been a dream since I started sports. I tried for Olympic trials for triple jump and honestly it's my No. 1 goal in life. I can't imagine anything I want more."


Quentin Butler

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

College: UT Arlington

Sports experience: A professional track athlete, he competed in football and track in high school and was a two-time All-American competing in the 100-meter and long jump at UT Arlington.

What being an Olympian would mean to him: "It means achieving my lifelong goal of competing at the highest level. I've dreamed and worked to be the best since I was little. "


Track Cycling

Keely Kortman

Hometown: Tustin, Calif. 

Sports experience: Competes at the elite level in BMX cycling.


Collin Hudson

Hometown: Firestone, Colo.

College: Colorado Mesa University

Sports experience: Competed in BMX racing and weightlifting growing up; at Colorado Mesa University, he competes on the cycling team and is the 2016 collegiate dual slalom national champion. In BMX, he is a five-time world champion, the 2014 junior elite national champion and owns three junior elite world championship medals.

What being an Olympian would mean to him: "Being an Olympian would mean the world to me. I believe that representing the United States is the greatest honor that someone in sports can have. I want to show the world what I am capable of, as well as win a medal for USA Cycling."