Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are Olympians, Paralympians and teams inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame?

National Governing Bodies, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic communities, and fans of Team USA may nominate Olympians, Paralympians and teams for the hall of fame at TeamUSA.org during the official nomination window. All complete and eligible nominations are shared with the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee for consideration. The nominating committee then narrows down the field and selects the finalists for the hall of fame ballot, which includes the Olympian, Paralympian and Team categories. Finalists are voted on by members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic families, National Governing Bodies and Team USA fans. When the voting window closes, vote totals of all three groups are compiled, determining the next class of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. 

Q: How are legends, coaches and special contributors inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame?

National Governing Bodies, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic communities, and fans of Team USA may nominate individuals for the hall of fame at TeamUSA.org during the official nomination window. All complete and eligible nominations are shared with the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee for consideration. The nominating committee then narrows down the field and selects the inductees for legend, coach and special contributor categories of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. 

Q: Who is on the official nominating committee?

Members of the nominating committee represent the following areas of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements: U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association, Athletes’ Advisory Council, Paralympic sports, media, USOPC executive, USOPC Board of Directors, and one at-large committee member.

Q: How often is a class inducted?

A new class of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame will be inducted every two years, beginning with the class of 2019. Previously, classes were inducted annually between 1983-92, and every two years from 2004-12.

Q: What is the composition of a hall of fame class?

Five Olympians, three Paralympians, two legends, one Olympic or Paralympic team, one Olympic or Paralympic coach and one special contributor. The number of individual spots reflects the U.S. team sizes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Q: How many members are currently in the hall of fame?

Ninety-nine Olympians and Paralympians, 10 legends, 10 teams, four coaches and 18 special contributors

Q: What is the timeline for the class of 2019?

March 12-April 2 Nominations accepted at TeamUSA.org
Aug. 12-Sept. 3 Voting open at TeamUSA.org
Late September Class of 2019 announced
November Class of 2019 inducted

Q: Where is the hall of fame housed?

Starting in early 2020, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame will be housed at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.