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90 Talented Athletes Advance to Final Phase of The Next Olympic Hopeful

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"Lucky 24" Advance from 24 Hour Fitness In-Club Tryouts

Following days of anticipation and excitement, 90 athletes have been
invited to participate in the final phase of "Milk Life presents,
Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful,"
which will be held at the
U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from July
27-31. The United States Olympic Committee's talent-identification
program aims to build the pipeline of world-class athletes pursuing
Olympic sport. Nearly 3,500 individuals submitted online applications to
the USOC's website, while in partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, tryouts
were held exclusively in clubs nationwide last month that resulted in 24
athletes advancing to the final phase as part of the 90-athlete talent
pool.

Among the 24 athletes who advanced through 24 Hour Fitness in-club
tryouts are:

  • Stephanie Grant, a veterinary technician, multi-sport
    competitive athlete and 24 Hour Fitness® member from
    Bellflower, CA, advanced to the 2017 final phase of "Milk Life
    presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful,"
    pulling a
    hamstring while there; training with Team USA now hoping to further
    her athletic career. "This is my redemption," she said upon
    receiving the USOC's invitation back to the Olympic Training Center in
    Colorado Springs. "I know how to train and better prepare for this
    opportunity and want to prove that you can accomplish whatever you set
    your mind to."
  • Fabian Griffith, a 24 Hour Fitness Personal Trainer in Apple
    Valley, CA and lifelong competitive track athlete with U.S. Olympic
    aspirations whose family was homeless for a time during his youth. "I'm
    very close to and have a lot of respect for my parents," he said upon
    receiving the USOC's invitation to the final phase in Colorado
    Springs. "This is an opportunity to make my family proud."
  • Sylvia Hoffman, 24 Hour Fitness member in Colorado Springs, CO
    and competitive multi-sport athlete representing USA Weightlifting
    internationally since 2012; was chosen to train with USA Skeleton in
    2013 and has always dreamed of competing at the highest athletic level
    as a U.S. Olympic athlete. "I had only one week to prepare for the
    tryouts," she said. Upon receiving the USOC's invitation to the final
    phase in Colorado Springs she thought, "It's about to get real…"
  • Rachelle Gere of Columbus, OH was a late blooming athlete
    claiming she lacked coordination for most youth sports but running; as
    an adult, turned to competing in marathons and now triathlons.
    Studying at The Ohio State University for her graduate degree in
    architecture. "My husband and I live in Ohio, so we decided to
    take a road trip to the closest location which was in Valley Stream,
    New York," she said upon learning about the tryouts. "I started
    shaking when I read the USOC's invitation (to the final phase in
    Colorado Springs). I couldn't get to sleep until 3:00 a.m. I was so
    excited!"
  • 15-year-old Cassandra "Cassie" Routsis of Falcon, CO who has
    been competing in gymnastics since she was able to walk. Said
    Cassie, "My mom pulled me out of gymnastics one day and I thought,
    ‘what did I do now?' I was surprised when she told me that I got an
    invitation from the USOC (to the final phase in Colorado Springs). I
    was really excited, and I can't wait."
  • David Heffernan, a 19-year-old Katy, TX resident and Texas A&M
    student majoring in aerospace engineering. He rose from a young,
    self-proclaimed "couch potato" who loved video games to become part of
    the nation's fourth-ranked high school rugby team as a freshman; now
    playing for a Division 1 rugby club. "It had been a while
    since my Next Olympic Hopeful tryout so the invitation letter from the
    USOC really caught me by surprise," he said. "I told my family and my
    co-workers, and I'm looking forward to working with Olympic-level
    coaches."

These athletes will be put through intensive screening and
sport-specific training by USOC and National Governing Body high
performance staff and will also receive guidance from a 24 Hour Fitness
personal trainer that will be on-site. The journey will be highlighted
on Team USA social and digital channels and the entire program,
including announcement of the winners, will be featured in the USOC
Productions two-part documentary airing on NBCSN and NBC on November
24-25, "Milk Life presents, Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful."

The quest to find the Next Olympic Hopeful will ultimately find one
winner for each participating sport and the winners will be invited to
join the national team camps of eight sports: bobsled, skeleton, boxing,
canoe/kayak, cycling, rowing, rugby and weightlifting.

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,
while serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements
throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

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. Please
visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find a club near you.

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