Nomination Criteria

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame is comprised of five categories. Nominees are considered for induction based on the achievements of their entire career, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Consideration is also given to a nominee’s character, conduct and off-field contributions, as well as their adherence to and spreading of the Olympic and Paralympic Ideals.

Every two years, National Governing Bodies, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic communities, and fans of Team USA may submit hall of fame nominations for consideration by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The nominating committee then narrows down the field for the final ballot.

The five categories include:

Olympian and Paralympian: Olympic and Paralympic athletes are not eligible until they are officially retired, and until six years after they last competed at an Olympic or Paralympic Games. Additionally, individuals from team sports may be considered in this category if they have medaled at more than one Games.

Legend: Olympic or Paralympic athletes are not eligible for the Legend category until six quadrennials (24 years) after they last competed at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Team: Teams are not eligible until six years after they last competed as a unit at an Olympic or Paralympic Games. A team consists of two or more athletes qualifying and competing in a Games event as a unit.

Coach: Coaches must have served as a coach of record as a part of the U.S. delegation at an Olympic or Paralympic Games. They are not eligible until six years after they last coached at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Special Contributor: To be eligible, an individual must have demonstrated extraordinary service to enhancing the Olympic and/or Paralympic movements in the United States, excluding current members of the USOC staff or board of directors. Any service to the Olympic and/or Paralympic movements under consideration must exclude paid employment by the USOC or an NGB.