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.
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
ITU Olympic Distance Draft-Legal Racing
2016 USA Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Event Selection Criteria
*Nomination criteria for selection events can be found under the 2016 Olympic Games section
2016 USA Triathlon ITU World Cup Event Selection Criteria
2016 USA Triathlon ITU Continental Cup Event Selection Criteria
2016 Elite Athlete Incentive Plan
Nomination Procedure Agreement
Principles of Athlete Selection
2016 ITU Elite World Championship Qualification Criteria (Winter, Cross, Duathlon, Long Course)
2016 Elite World Championship Criteria
*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.
2016 USA Triathlon National Team Criteria
USA Triathlon Elite Athlete Development Criteria
Learn more about USA Triathlon's elite athletes in the athlete bios sections.
US Anti-Doping Agency
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport and protecting the rights of US Athletes. USADA oversees and coordinates the Olympic drug testing program in the United States. Athletes who compete, are members or license holders of an NGB, or who fall under USADA's testing jurisdiction as defined in the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement testing, are subject to testing both in and out of competition. Athlete are subject to both urine and blood testing that can occur at any time and in any place.
For more information regarding USADA's testing procedures and athlete rights and responsibilities, please visit their website www.usada.org.