Diego Arguello, a senior at the Garden City USD 457 Virtual Academy, had a fantastic opportunity this summer to test his mettle in an attempt to become “The Next Olympic Hopeful.”
In July, Arguello travelled to Colorado to participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 2018 Scouting Camp, a five-day training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado, designed to identify potential future Olympians.
Arguello was one of 89 athletes who had similar aspirations of making an Olympic team. “The Next Olympic Hopeful” scouting program sought to find new athletic talent for Olympic sports, and will be aired as a television show this fall.
Most of the participants, like Arguello, didn’t come from a professional sports background and were instead full time students or held full time jobs, according to an article in the New York Times.
Participants competed for slots in eight sports, including weight lifting, rowing, rugby, canoe/kayak, cycling, skeleton, bobsled and boxing.
Arguello trained to compete in the skeleton competition. Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled, down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first on the sled.
Arguello said he mostly went through strength testing and training and only got on the skeleton once. While he didn’t make the cut to advance to be part of the U.S. Olympic team, he had a great experience.
The documentary will air on NBCSN and NBC on Nov. 24 and 25.
The USD 457 Virtual Academy provides individualized learning plans designed to meet the student’s specific educational needs and goals. In addition to standard core classes, there are a number of electives that students can take through the program. The course provides the flexibility for students to work at their own pace at anytime and anywhere they want. This enables them to work while seeking a career path that they are looking to develop.