FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Midwesterners with dreams of competing in the Olympics will have a chance to get closer to that dream with a U.S. Olympic Combine that is coming to Fort Wayne.
The combine, which is Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Turnstone, offers an opportunity for people within a 3-hour radius of Fort Wayne to become the Next Olympic Hopeful in 6 different Olympic sports: bobsled, skeleton, rugby, rowing, weightlifting and cycling.
“We’re pretty lucky, because the (U.S. Olympic Committee) reached out to us,” EJ Whitney, Turnstone Adaptive Sports & Recreation/Health & Wellness Manager, tells ParkviewSportsMedicine.com. “We’re looking for athletes from around Fort Wayne and the area to come here and show their talents.”
Athletes will participate in several different stations, including the vertical jump, the 30- and 45-meter sprints, squats, arm pull-ups and the broad jump. Successful athletes will be invited to future development camps and clinics.
Fort Wayne is one of 15 cities nationwide hosting U.S. Olympic Combines over the next month. While Turnstone is a U.S. Paralympic Training Site, this is specifically designed to scout for Olympic competitors.
In order to participate in the free U.S. Olympic Combine, athletes must be high school- or college-aged competitors at least 16 years old. Athletes must register through on the Next Olympic Hopeful website, too.
The scouting camp hopes for at least 50 athletes to participate, as recommended by the USOC. Turnstone hopes their efforts to tell the public of the event nets closer to 100 participants, Whitney adds.