What is the United States Olympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council?

The United States Olympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council is an advisory council with the primary responsibility of communicating athletes' concerns and issues to the USOC family, as well as communicating information from the USOC family directly to elite athletes. 

Who can serve on the USOC AAC? 

An athlete who has represented the United States in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American or other major international competition, within the preceding ten years as measured from the first AAC meeting of the quadrennium.  The term "other major international competition" as used herein means only a competition designated by the USOC as an Operation Gold competition. 

How long can I serve as the USOC AAC Representative? 

An athlete may serve as a USOC AAC Representative for two terms.  The term length is 4 years.  If an athlete serves as an Alternate for the USOC AAC position, that term is not included in the number of term served as USOC AAC Representative. 

What are my responsibilities?

The basic responsibility is to communicate to and with all elite athletes on a regular basis, providing information to the athletes and keeping abreast on any current issues from the athletes. 

Who is responsible for my travel expenses? 

The USOC will pay all necessary and reasonable travel expenses to approved USOC AAC Meetings. 

How many USOC meetings are there a year? 

There are three USOC AAC meetings a year.

Who runs the meetings? 

USOC AAC Leadership Team, with the aid of the Athlete Ombudsman put forth an agenda that includes all pertinent athlete issues.  The Chair of the USOC AAC presides over and conducts the meeting.   

What happens at the meetings?

USOC AAC Representatives are educated on current programs, actions, and issues at the USOC level.  AAC Representatives are also responsible for bringing forth issues and ideas from their athletes that may affect change for the betterment of athlete rights. 

What are my responsibilities with my NGB? 

Responsibilities may vary depending on the NGB.  On a basic level, all AAC Representatives should be informed and involved in the following areas:  Selection Procedures for Olympic, Paralympic and Pan Am Trials, Selection Procedures for protected competitions other than above, Athlete Agreements, Code of Conduct, Personal Competitive Gear, NGB Governance, Anti-Doping, Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA).

What are my responsibilities as an Alternate to the USOC AAC Representative? 

Alternates are responsible for communicating with all elite athletes in their sport on a regular basis, communicating with the AAC Representative on a regular basis, review all materials sent by the USOC AAC, and attend USOC AAC meetings when the Representative is not available.