The Next Olympic Hopeful

For the second year in a row, the United States Olympic Committee selected the OKC Boathouse Foundation’s National High Performance Center to host tryouts for The Next Olympic Hopeful. The tryout in Oklahoma City was held Saturday, April 6 in the Devon Boathouse.

The Next Olympic Hopeful is a talent-identification program designed to identify potential Olympians from both traditional and non-traditional sports, in an effort to increase and enhance the pipeline of world-class athletes pursing Olympic sport.

“The program has already made an immediate impact, with several previous Next Olympic Hopeful participants – Josh Williamson (bobsled), Sylvia Hoffman (bobsled) and Jessica Davis (bobsled) – earning medals in international competitions, including a World Championship medal by Davis,” said Scott Riewald, USOC senior director of high performance.

Athletes competing in Oklahoma City could be selected to attend a USOC training camp and if selected as winners from the camp, receive financial, training and medical support as they prepare for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games. The finalists of last year’s competition were featured on a two-part documentary: Milk Life presents, The Next Olympic Hopeful, which aired on NBC and NBCSN in November.

Learn more and register online at

Devon Boathouse
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129

About the OKC Boathouse Foundation
The OKC Boathouse Foundation promotes the use and development of the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City as a world-class urban aquatic venue. OKCBF provides access to rowing, kayaking, and fitness programs as well as outdoor urban adventures including whitewater rafting, adventure ropes courses, climbing, mountain biking and zip lines. OKCBF programs pursue the highest goals of sports and embrace the principles of the Olympic spirit which inspire athletes to work toward personal excellence, embrace the power of teamwork, and practice respect for all people and the environment. 

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, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit