Team USA Athlete Ombuds

A safe place to seek confidential, independent, impartial advice & assistance with sport related matters

    The Office of the Athlete Ombuds and its staff (the Athlete Ombuds) is a resource available to Team USA Athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Our focus is to serve athletes who represent the U.S. in international competition. The Athlete Ombuds operates on the core principles of confidentiality, privacy, independence, and impartiality, and we strive to:

    • Empower Team USA Athletes to better understand their rights, responsibilities, and resources within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement
    • Provide a safe place for Team USA Athletes to seek advice and assistance in challenging or difficult situations
    • Empower Team USA athletes to raise and/or resolve concerns and grievances
    • Help promote fairness, transparency, timeliness, and consistent application of policies and procedures relevant to Team USA Athletes

    Meet The Team

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      Kacie Wallace - Athlete Ombuds

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      Emily Azevedo - Sr Assoc Athlete Ombuds

    • Bryce Boarman - Assistant Athlete Ombuds

    • Aaron Mojarras - Assistant Athlete Ombuds

    Duties & Principles

    Contact Information

    • Team USA Athletes

      Athletes representing the United States in international protected competitions

    • Athletes NOT on Team USA

      All other athletes (i.e., junior, masters, recreational, non-Olympic or Paralympic disciplines, etc.)


    Advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice, nor does any member provide legal representation of an athlete in any capacity. Athletes should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Also, in accordance with the Athlete Ombuds mandate pursuant to the Act to offer independent advice, statements of any member of the office will not be deemed to reflect the views or positions of the USOPC, and the office is not authorized to accept notice on behalf of the USOPC or any other sport organization. All grievances and reports need to be filed directly with the appropriate body (i.e., the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the USOPC, the NGB, USADA, etc.).

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