The Journey Begins As Winners Train For Spots On Team USA
SAN RAMON, CA - August 28, 2017
After an emotional summer journey that included tryouts and a finalist phase held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced the eight individual winners of Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful who are now in training to compete for a spot with Team USA.
Among the eight individual athletes named winners of the competition, two began their journey at the 24 Hour Fitness® in-club tryouts in June: Amanda Alvarez of Seattle (skeleton) and Josh Williamson of Orlando (bobsled).
“When I got the news via email that I’d advanced to the elimination round, I re-read it four times to make sure it was real before running into the living room to jump up and shove my phone (with the email) in my boyfriend’s face,” said Amanda Alvarez, one of the winner’s, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful and Personal Trainer, 24 Hour Fitness. “I have always wanted to go to the Olympic Games—I believe I was born to make Team USA.” Amanda will begin training with USA Skeleton to compete for a spot on Team USA.
“I had absolutely no expectations when I went to the tryouts at the 24 Hour Fitness club in Winter Park,” said Josh Williamson, a college student who has put his college academic program at Florida State University on hold, to train with Team USA as a winner of Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful. “After being sidelined by sports injuries and shoulder surgery in January, my goal this year was to rehab. Then, The Next Olympic Hopeful tryouts happened, and it’s completely changed my life.” Josh has begun training with USA Bobsled for a chance to compete during the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
“24 Hour Fitness is proud to partner with the USOC for Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful,” said Tom Lapcevic, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, 24 Hour Fitness. “Our goal is to provide ‘everyday athletes’ in our clubs with the support to reach their potential and live full, healthy lives. This project is the perfect illustration of mindset and motivation to smash through goals to achieve your dreams. We look forward to following the journey of these two inspiring athletes among us.”
In the USOC’s quest to enhance the pipeline of world-class athletes pursuing Olympic sport, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful sprang to life this summer, beginning with open applications and exclusive 24 Hour Fitness in-club tryouts nationwide. Athletes completed a battery of tests for strength, mobility and endurance to qualify for selection. The top 91 athletes—47 men and 44 women—were invited to spend five days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to go through an intensive screening, sport-specific training and receive insight from leaders in sport medicine, science and psychology. This five-day journey was documented for an NBCSN special entitled Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful, also revealing the eight winners of the competition:
Amanda Alvarez, skeleton (Seattle, Washington); Josh Williamson, bobsled (Orlando, Florida); Quentin Butler, skeleton (Arlington, Texas); Collin Hudson, track cycling (Firestone, Colorado); Keely Kortman, track cycling (Tustin, California); Kyle Plante, bobsled (Albany, New York); Devin Short, rugby (Las Vegas, Nevada); and Kelli Smith, rugby (Birmingham, Alabama).
The winners of Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful—one male and one female athlete per sport (eight total)—are invited to join the national team camps of four sports: bobsled, skeleton, track cycling and rugby. The athletes will also be eligible to receive financial, training and medical support as they prepare for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games in their identified sport.
Amanda Alvarez, Winner, The Next Olympic Hopeful (Skeleton): A Seattle area resident and personal trainer with 24 Hour Fitness, Amanda always aspired to become an Olympic athlete. As a multi-sport high school and college track athlete, Amanda advanced as a competitive triple jumper, working towards a spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field, but ultimately missed qualifying by three inches. She participated in the 24 Hour Fitness in-club tryouts for The Next Olympic Hopeful focused on national sport training for rugby and ultimately was recruited for skeleton. She will proceed to training with the national sport camp for skeleton and the opportunity to compete for a future spot with Team USA.
Josh Williamson, Winner, The Next Olympic Hopeful (Bobsled): Josh is an Orlando area resident who played Division I lacrosse. After numerous injuries, he dropped sports to turn his attention to academics, enrolling into Florida State University, where he discovered the sport of bobsled. Following shoulder surgery in January, he began rehabilitation with the goal to return to full athletic strength. He decided to participate in The Next Olympic Hopeful tryouts at 24 Hour Fitness. Not only was Josh named a winner of The Next Olympic Hopeful, he will train with Team USA bobsled to compete for a spot to go to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
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. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
About 24 Hour Fitness
As an industry leader for more than 30 years, 24 Hour Fitness changes 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. Combined with a welcoming community, the compelling TV and magazine content of 24Life™, Fit:Perks® Rewards and the innovative My24® app, there are a multitude of offerings to 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.
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