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Want to be an Olympian?

Brandon Paykamian • May 3, 2018 at 5:46 PM

In the past, the East Tennessee State University Olympic Training Site has served as a place for dozens of Olympic athletes and hopefuls to train and prepare for the winter and summer Olympics.

Most recently, seven athletes who previously trained at the site earned spots to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Now the training center wants to hear from other athletes who think they have what it takes to compete at an Olympic level.

The university will host its ETSU Next Olympic Hopeful Tryout at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 26.

Tests will include a 30-meter sprint, pull-ups and vertical jumps. Other optional tests, according to a recent press release, will include the one-mile run and three-repetition maximum back squat.

Each athlete will be scored based on their performance, and those with the highest scores will be invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this summer to participate in a larger testing combine.

Site Director Meg Stone, a two-time discus Olympian for Great Britain and 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, said the event is a perfect opportunity for athletes to be discovered and to identify their strengths, whether they’re endurance, strength or both. 

“It is at events like this where many athletes now competing at the elite level were first identified,” Stone said.  “For anyone who has ever dreamed of one day participating in national and international sport competitions, this is their chance.

“Obviously, it’s really a challenge to put yourself on the line like this, and I think there might be a lot of people who don’t know if they’re good enough but would like to give it a try,” she added. “But if you are on the fence, jump in. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.”

Each challenge is open to athletes ages 14 and up, according to ETSU officials. Pre-registration for the Next Olympic Hopeful Tryout is required before May 20. To register, email Assistant Director Emily Brockelman at brockelman@etsu.edu.  

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