The application and information on dates, location, participating National Governing Bodies and timeline for the next season of NOH will available in 2021. Please return to the NOH website then. For questions, please email ScoutingCamp@usopc.org.
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.