Eighty-nine athletes from across the country gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for five days in July for the chance to be invited to a national team camp and try a sport that may have been completely foreign to them. "Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful" aims to increase and enhance the pipeline of world-class athletes pursuing Olympic-sport opportunities in the United States by identifying athletes who have the potential to transfer their talents from one sport to another.
8⃣9⃣ athletes ✔️— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 20, 2018
3⃣ days of training with #TeamUSA in Colorado Springs📍✔️
One chance to make Olympic dreams come true ✔️
'Next Olympic Hopeful' scouting camp debuts this fall on @NBCSN. Details: https://t.co/m1FbBNOkC9 pic.twitter.com/jYf3vJyRPn
The New York Times was on site and wrote about the program, which is also supported by associate sponsor 24 Hour Fitness. Eight winners were selected – one for each of the participating sports (bobsled, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, rowing, rugby, skeleton and weightlifting) – who will be eligible to receive financial, training and medical support as they prepare for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.
The article follows the journey of the 89 athletes during their in Colorado, and showcases the reality of becoming an Olympic hopeful. Read below and watch the USOC Productions’ broadcast airing Nov. 24 from 9-10 p.m. ET on NBCSN (Part 1) and Nov. 25 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET on NBC (Part 2).