Visit the website: TeamUSA.org/nextolympichopeful with your testing results in hand, the application takes approximately 15 minutes. Although, the U.S Olympic & Paralympic Committee recommends testing through one of the optional in-person training sites to get a better feel of the training and fitness regimen. Test sites are listed on the registration site.
The last day to apply is Sunday, February 9, 2020, but the sooner you apply the better.

Basic personal information such as name, date of birth, height, weight, what sports you’ve participated in, what’s the highest level you’ve achieved and any other athletic achievements that make you stand out.

“We want to know what makes you tick, what makes you want to do what you do,” said Season 2 contestant, Teaira Skinner, who added that the committee is sometimes trying to evaluate someone from more than just an online application.

To be considered for an invitation to the testing phase at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, we ask you to complete some initial testing on your own. The tests included here look to assess different aspects of your physical and physiological capabilities.

Please select the specific sport(s) you would like to be considered for; each sport that you select will have a designated set of tests that corresponds to that sport. These tests relate in some way to the skills needed to be successful at that sport.

No. But it helps to understand the scope of what the tests could entail if you’re eventually selected as a finalist and invited to the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. Attending in person also provides you the benefit of having experts assist you with completing the tests.

“I would strongly encourage people to go visit (a tryout site at one of the 24 Hour Fitness tryouts),” aid Season 2 contestant, Teaira Skinner, who noted training at those sites will better prepare an applicant if they’re chosen.

24 Hr tryouts will be Saturday, February 8 from 9 am – 1 pm at the following clubs:

  • Pearl City, HI
  • South Richmond, TX
  • Downey, CA
  • Winter Park, FL
  • San Jose, CA
  • Carrollton, TX
  • Miami, Fl
Yes. The national governing bodies (NGB) of the sports evaluate the best talent — regardless of whether they’ve played that sport — and use those talents to best prepare them for each sport. The participating sports often see athletes with backgrounds in different sports transfer their talents to Olympic sports. Olympic bobsledders, for example, have come from softball, track and field, football, volleyball and many others.

Talent transfer is exactly how it sounds — it means an athlete can use his or her abilities, or talents, to transfer from one sport to another. Bobsled and skeleton coaches look for strong, fast runners. As such, track athletes often become prime targets. Those who played team sports with a ball — such as football, basketball or baseball — could perhaps compete to make the rugby sevens team. Coaches from the NGBs are constantly looking outside of their sports to bring in new, different talent.

Read more about these Team USA talent transfer stories.

Right now, the program is limited to the six sports in the able-bodied capacity, but the USOPC is looking to expand the scope of the program to accommodate more sports and more athletes, able-bodied and beyond. Click here for opportunities in Paralympic sport.
After Next Olympic Hopeful, you go to team camps and train alongside athletes on the national team. At this point, NOH winners and existing athletes are on the same playing field, presenting an opportunity for the Next Olympic Hopeful to spark a movement through the upper ranks as an underdog.
If you’re selected as a finalist, you would stay at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. All expenses are covered. Filming is April 29-May 2, 2020.
Many of the past winners – and participants – are still training in their respective sports, including several who have relocated to be closer to training sites. Josh Williamson, the Season 1 bobsled winner, won several North American Cup medals mere months after Next Olympic Hopeful. Season 2 participants Jessica Davis and Sylvia Hoffman also made the bobsled national team after competing on Next Olympic Hopeful, and Davis won world championship bronze in the bobsled/skeleton team event.

Everything is filmed, but it’s not broadcast live. USOPC Productions produces a documentary that will be televised at a later date.

Season three will air December 29, 2019 on NBC.

Have additional questions? Send an email to ScoutingCamp@usopc.org.