COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee announced today that 90 athletes will be invited to participate in the final phase of “Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful,” which will be held July 27-31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Milk Life will serve as the first title sponsor of the Next Olympic Hopeful, which is entering its second season.
“Milk, with its high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, has always been on the table helping to fuel America’s athletes as they train to compete on the world’s stage. In fact, nine out of 10 U.S. Olympians grew up drinking milk*.” said Victor Zaborsky, vice president of marketing at MilkPEP, the group behind the Milk Life campaign. “We’re proud that milk is playing a role in helping to power the journey of not only this group of Olympic hopefuls, but also the next generation of Team USA athletes growing up with milk at home.”
The talent-identification program will evaluate the finalists, putting them through intensive screening and sport-specific training while on an Olympic Training Center campus. Athletes will also be taught proper sport-specific techniques from USOC and National Governing Body high performance staff that coach U.S. Olympians and Paralympians. The Colorado Springs OTC is the home of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States and features world-class training facilities and access to USOC leaders in the field of sport medicine, science, technology and psychology. The entire program will be featured in USOC Productions’ two-part documentary airing on NBCSN and NBC on Nov. 24-25.
In addition to being evaluated by USOC and NGB high performance staff, the selected athletes will also receive mentoring from Olympians Claressa Shields and Carlin Isles. Shields (@Claressashields) is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic boxing champion and the 2014 and 2016 world champion, while Isles (@Carlin_Isles) – who served as a mentor in season one – is a 2016 Olympian in rugby and a former member of the Detroit Lions football team. Also in attendance will be Josh Williamson, season one winner in the sport of bobsled, who earned his invite to the OTC after qualifying at an in-person tryout hosted exclusively by 24 Hour Fitness – an associate sponsor of the program. Since winning Next Olympic Hopeful, Williamson has won five medals – including two golds – on the North American Cup circuit and currently trains at East Tennessee State University, a U.S. Olympic Training Site.
Following the tryout, eight winners will be invited to join national team camps – one for each of the participating sports (bobsled, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, rowing, rugby, skeleton and weightlifting). The four men and four women winners will be eligible to receive financial, medical and training support as they prepare for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.
“The success from last year’s program has yielded an even deeper pool of athletes and more sport opportunities for this season of Next Olympic Hopeful,” said Kelly Skinner, USOC vice president of high performance. “We have a dozen athletes returning from season one, and nearly 40 collegiate athletes added to the group of finalists, so we’re excited to see how the talents of these elite athletes transfer to the eight participating Olympic sports.”
Nearly 3,500 athletes applied online, many of whom participated in either an in-person tryout hosted exclusively by 24 Hour Fitness or a regional tryout. The 90-member roster features 42 male and 48 female participants, representing 27 states. The in-person tryouts hosted by 24 Hour Fitness clubs around the country yielded 24 athletes earning a ticket to the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the finalist phase of “Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful.”
The athlete experience at the OTC will be highlighted on Team USA’s social channels, and will also be featured in a two-part, USOC Productions’ broadcast airing Nov. 24 from 9-10 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the winners will be announced on Nov. 25 during the 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET finale on NBC.
For more information, visit TeamUSA.org/ScoutingCamp.
About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
MilkPEP, Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation's milk companies, who are committed to ensuring all children have access to nutrient-rich milk. The MilkPEP Board runs the national Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8-ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com.
About 24 Hour Fitness
Celebrating 35 years as an industry leader, 24 Hour Fitness transforms lives every day through fitness. Conveniently located clubs, furnished with a wide variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, are the perfect environment for fitness professionals to deliver dynamic personal and group training programs. GX24® and cycle studios feature a popular array of live studio classes included with membership. A multitude of additional offerings engage and inspire every member to lead a full and healthy life both inside and outside of the club. Opening new clubs on average at the brisk pace of one every few weeks, 24 Hour Fitness is headquartered in San Ramon, CA and serves nearly 4 million members in over 420 clubs nationwide.
To learn more about us and to find the club nearest you, visit 24hourfitness.com.
*9 out of 10 finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to all U.S. Olympic athletes.