From Dreams to The Next Olympic Hopeful: 24 Hour Fitness In-Club Tryouts Produce Two Winners | Business Wire

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 winners of Scouting

Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful and Personal Trainer, 24 Hour

Fitness. “I've 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'd 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's 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.

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). 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 toward a spot in the

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field. 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'll 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.

To learn more about us and to find the club nearest you, visit

24hourfitness.com

24 Hour Fitness
Karen Bakula, 925-786-4516
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