Frequently Asked Questions

What is the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council? The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council is an advisory council with the primary responsibility of communicating athletes' concerns and issues to the USOC family, as well as communicating information from the USOPC family directly to elite athletes. 

Who can serve on the AAC? An athlete who has represented the United States in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American or other major international competition, within the preceding 10 years as measured from the first AAC meeting of the quadrennium. The term "other major international competition" as used herein means only a competition designated by the USOPC as an Operation Gold competition. Contact your National Governing Body/High Performance Management Organization for information on Operation Gold events.

How long can I serve as the USOPC AAC Representative? An athlete may serve as a USOPC AAC Representative for two terms. The term length is four years, which typically starts the year following a summer Olympic or Paralympic Games.  If an athlete serves as an alternate for the USOPC AAC position, that term is not included in the number of term served as USOPC AAC Representative. 

What are my responsibilities? The basic responsibility is to communicate to and with all elite athletes on a regular basis, providing information to the athletes and keeping abreast on any current issues from the athletes. 

Who is responsible for my travel expenses? The USOPC will pay all necessary and reasonable travel expenses to approved AAC meetings. 

How many USOC meetings are there a year? There are three AAC meetings a year.

Who runs the meetings? The AAC leadership team, with the aid of the USOPC Athlete Ombudsman, puts forth an agenda that includes all pertinent athlete issues.  The AAC chairperson presides over and conducts the meeting.   

What happens at the meetings? AAC representatives are educated on current programs, actions, and issues at the USOPC level.  AAC Representatives are also responsible for bringing forth issues and ideas from their athletes that may affect change for the betterment of athlete rights. 

What are my responsibilities with my NGB? Responsibilities may vary depending on the NGB.  On a basic level, all AAC Representatives should be informed and involved in the following areas: selection procedures for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Teams, selection procedures for protected competitions other than above, athlete agreements, codes of conduct, personal competitive gear, NGB governance, anti-doping and performance partnership agreement.

What are my responsibilities as an alternate to the AAC representative? Alternates are responsible for communicating with all elite athletes in their sport on a regular basis, communicating with the AAC Representative on a regular basis, review all materials sent by the AAC, and attend AAC meetings when the representative is not available.

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