Elite Membership QualificationAthletes wishing to race as an elite triathlete, duathlete or off-road triathlete in any USAT sanctioned event must hold a USAT elite license in their respective category. Elite membership will be available to qualified, highly competitive, and experienced athletes who meet the qualifications respective to their license category as outlined in the Elite License Qualification Criteria. Only athletes holding an elite license are eligible to compete in the elite wave of any USAT sanctioned event that offers a minimum prize purse of $5,000. The terms "elite" and "professional" are used interchangeably but USAT prefers that these athletes be referred to as "elites" in order to align with the ITU and USOC.
Click on the links below to read the qualification criteria for each type of event.
2017 ITU Elite Event Qualification Criteria
Continental Cup Event Selection Criteria
World Cup Event Selection Criteria
World Triathlon Series Event Selection Criteria
Elite World Championship Qualification Criteria
Elite Athlete Incentive Plan
2016 Olympic Games
U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Athlete Selection Procedures
U.S. Olympic Triathlon Additional Officials Selection Procedures
U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Leader Selection Procedures
Olympic Qualification Points – FINAL
USA Triathlon Team Selection Event Nomination Criteria
Athletes Meeting Qualifying Standards for Olympic Selection Event Nomination Criteria
2016 Paralympic Games
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team Athlete Selection Procedures
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team Leader Selection Procedures
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Additional Officials Selection Procedures
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Coach Selection Procedures
*To be eligible to compete at any Elite World Championship event you must be a current USA Triathlon elite license card holder at the time of qualification. This also holds true when competing in qualifying events that do not have an elite specific wave.
Elite Team Qualification
Click on the links below to read the qualification criteria for each type of team.