The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee has recognized outstanding performances by U.S. athletes and teams for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1974. The impressive and diverse collection of winners represent nearly 30 sports on the summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic programs. Their collective accomplishments tell the inspiring story of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout history.

Best of the Month
Click below to view an archive of past monthly award winners.
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Best of the Year
Click below to view an archive of past annual award winners. 


Every candidate that is nominated for the Best of the Month Awards is automatically placed in the running for the Best of the Year Awards.

Prior to 2015, annual awards were also recognized in years in which the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held. Under the old format, winners were selected based on nominations from the National Governing Bodies for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games sports, as well as select, designated entities within the U.S. Paralympic Movement. The award period highlighted performances from September of the previous year through August of the current 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. Click below to view an archive of past winners.