The Team USA Awards presented by Dow recognize the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes year-round. Every day of the year, U.S. athletes are competing in dozens of sports in countries throughout the world, striving for competitive excellence as they represent the United States.

The Team USA Awards shine a light on these athletes’ inspiring performances. The program invites fans to join the conversation by voting at TeamUSA.org/Awards.

The awards consist of three different time frames: Best of the Month; Best of the Year; and Best of the Games.

In addition to presenting sponsor Dow, DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG will serve as associate sponsors to the Team USA Awards, Best of the Year event.

Best of the Month
Every day of the year, Team USA athletes are striving to make history at competitions throughout the world. Fans help determine and honor the best of the best each month through the Team USA Awards.

  • Female Olympic/Paralympic Athlete of the Month
  • Male Olympic/Paralympic Athlete of the Month
  • Olympic/Paralympic Team of the Month

Five female athletes, five male athletes and three teams are selected as finalists for the Best of the Month awards based on their competitive achievements over the past 30 days. The awards recognize athletes in all Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports, from archery to wrestling on the summer side, and alpine skiing to speedskating on the winter side. 

Best of the Year
The prestigious Best of the Year honors have been presented annually for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1974. Past winners have included speedskater Dan Jansen, figure skater Michelle Kwan, track athlete Carl Lewis, gymnast Nastia Liukin, swimmer Michael Phelps and skier Lindsey Vonn. In non-Olympic years, the Team USA Awards honor the Best of the Year in eight categories:

  • Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods
  • Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • Male Olympic Athlete of the Year
  • Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • Olympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow
  • Paralympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow
  • Olympic Coach of the Year
  • Paralympic Coach of the Year

Also awarded are the Building Dreams Award, presented by USG and the Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award, which annually recognizes an individual(s) who has served as a powerful force for good in society, inspiring others by contributing to a better world, uniting people or leading a cause.

The winners are announced at the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year. The year-end celebration recognizes and crowns the most accomplished and inspiring individuals and teams of the year.

Best of the Games
Beginning in 2014, the Team USA Awards began honoring the best athletes and teams of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Best of the Games awards are presented in eight categories:

  • Female Olympic Athlete of the Games, presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods
  • Female Paralympic Athlete of the Games
  • Male Olympic Athlete of the Games
  • Male Paralympic Athlete of the Games
  • Olympic Team of the Games, presented by Dow
  • Paralympic Team of the Games, presented by Dow
  • Olympic Coach of the Games
  • Paralympic Coach of the Games

The ceremony also recognizes two additional awards, including the Building Dreams Award, presented by USG and the Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award, which annually recognizes an individual(s) who has served as a powerful force for good in society, inspiring others by contributing to a better world, uniting people or leading a cause.