High Performance Programs

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee delivers focused, applied and performance-impacting sport science and technology to America’s top coaches and athletes. Comprised of experts in nutrition, medicine, physiology, strength and conditioning, psychology and performance technology, the USOPC offers comprehensive world-class resources to further athlete development.

The USOPC’s sport performance division works with National Governing Bodies to develop high-performance plans for resource allocation and athlete selection. The team is also responsible for providing performance-impacting services, competitive analysis, and training and competition support for Olympic and Paralympic events.

High performance plans are considered the blueprints – or action plans – for achieving sustained competitive excellence and are used to ensure effective use of USOPC and NGB resources. NGBs that develop clearly detailed high-performance plans make a stronger case for USOPC programs, services and financial resources.

Sports are categorized into five segments based on similar traits. Athletes are thereby assigned to a dedicated team of USOPC high-performance experts that specialize in these areas. The unique, collaborative structure allows experts to share insights and knowledge across sports, making the USOPC more targeted and effective in developing game-changing programs that enhance athletes’ ability to reach their full potential and excel on the world stage.