Athlete Ombuds

Games & Competition Resources - Overview

Mike Schultz USA leads United States of America's delegationduring the Opening Ceremony for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, PyeongChang, South Korea, Friday 9th March 2018.

Elite athletes may contact the Office of the Athlete Ombuds for confidential, independent advice regarding competition-specific rights, rules or requirements. A variety of rules, regulations and policies that athletes must agree to during the period of the Games as a condition for participation are outlined below. 

In particular, the Office of the Athlete Ombuds can help assist with questions involving:

  • Team selection
  • Games-specific rules
  • Athlete rights and obligations regarding advertising, commercial issues, permitted manufacturer identifications, social media guidelines and other marketing policies
  • Anti-doping
  • The U.S. Center for SafeSport and athlete safety
  • Conduct requirements
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and National Governing Body background check policy
  • Nationality or eligibility requirements

Athlete Advisory for Tokyo

Japan has strict importation restriction on common medications such as stimulants, narcotics, and cannabinoids. There are also new therapeutic use exemption requirements for Team USA qualifying events and a new TUE process for the Games.For more information, please visit the Games-specific overview page.

Kyle Mack competes at  PyeongChang 2018, grabbing his board as he flies through the air.


The Office of the Athlete Ombuds provides cost-free, independent and confidential advice and dispute resolution services. 



File a concern with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to help keep sports safe for all.



Report a concern to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help keep sports clean.



The Office of the Athlete Ombuds can help confidentially refer athletes to the help they need.


Please note that advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The Athlete Ombuds will offer neutral, independent advice to any athlete, and athletes should always seek legal counsel if they want specific legal advice or individual representation. See our homepage for our full disclaimer.