Athlete Rights and Responsibilities - Frequently Asked Questions

    This information is intended to simplify and support Team USA athlete education around a complex system of rights and responsibilities within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Learn more about your rights as a Team USA athlete by referring to the applicable laws or governance documents.

    The frequently asked questions below are to help Team USA athletes navigate specific and possibly difficult situations. If Team USA athletes have any further questions or do not find an answer to their questions below, they can reach out the following network of support:

    • Athlete Ombuds: Offers independent, confidential advice to Team USA athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities and assists athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints, and concerns.
    • Team USA Athletes' Commission: Serves as the representative group and voice for Team USA athletes. Each sport elects a representative who, in addition to the leadership team and Team USA AC staff, can help you navigate questions, concerns or feedback on any topic affecting Team USA athletes.
    • USOPC Athlete Services Team: Helps navigate contacts at the USOPC and connects Team USA athletes to the right resources and benefits. Reach out at
    • USOPC Psychological Services: Resources and services available to Team USA Athletes who need to seek mental health assistance.
    • National Governing Bodies (NGB): Recognized to oversee each sport in the U.S. with unique governing documents, and to support athletes on the pathway to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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