Voting

Voting is open to fans online at TeamUSA.org/Awards. Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the final tally, and Olympic/Paralympic family voting accounts for 50 percent. Olympic/Paralympic family members include national governing body representatives and a panel of journalists who cover the Olympic and Paralympic movements. 


Best of the Month
For the Best of the Month, every National Governing Body and High Performance Management Organization in the United States is invited to nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A USOC internal nominating committee then selects five individual finalists and three team finalists to advance to the voting round. Categories:

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


Best of the Year

For the Best of the Year (non-Games years), the timeframe is fall of the previous year to fall of the current year, coinciding with the sport calendar. All finalists for the Best of the Month over the past year are eligible. A USOC internal nominating committee then selects five individual finalists and three team finalists to advance to the voting round. Categories:

  • Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Olympic Athlete of the Year
  • Olympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow
  • Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • Paralympic Team of the Year, presented by Dow
  • Olympic Coach of the Year – winner selected internally
  • Paralympic Coach of the Year – winner selected internally
  • Building Dreams Award, presented by USG – winner selected internally
  • Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award – winner selected internally


Best of the Games
For the Best of the Games, every National Governing Body and High Performance Management Organization in the United States is invited to nominate one female, one male, one team and one moment per discipline. A USOC internal nominating committee then selects five individual finalists and five team finalists to advance to the voting round. Categories:

  • Female Athlete of the Olympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Athlete of the Olympic Games
  • Team of the Olympic Games, presented by Dow
  • Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games
  • Team of the Paralympic Games, presented by Dow
  • Olympic Coach of the Games – winner selected internally
  • Paralympic Coach of the Games – winner selected internally
  • Building Dreams Award, presented by USG – winner selected internally
  • Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award – winner selected internally


Media Panel

An esteemed panel of Olympic/Paralympic journalists helps determine the winners of the Team USA Awards each month, year and Games. These Olympic and Paralympic experts have decades of experience covering the competitions of Team USA athletes, and have attended and covered the Olympic and Paralympic Games dating back to 1976.

Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports
Christine Brennan, USA Today
Karen Crouse, New York Times
Richard Demak, Sports Illustrated
Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt Futterman, Wall Street Journal
Steve Keating, Reuters
Eddie Pells, Associated Press
John Powers, Boston Globe
Roxanna Scott, USA Today
Nick Zaccardi, NBC Sports