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The United States Olympic Committee has a communications staff in Rio to assist media in their coverage of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team. Comprised of USOC staff and National Governing Body and High Performance Management Organization press officers, the communications team will manage the following elements for Team USA and the entire U.S. delegation:

  • Gathering and disseminating publicity and promotional information regarding U.S. athletes, coaches and/or officials
  • Facilitating press conferences, briefings and interviews with U.S. athletes, coaches and staff
  • Producing and distributing news releases, USA Daily newsletters, general information, storylines, and other materials via email, and all of the U.S. Paralympics social media channels
  • Preparing USOC responses on all official matters in concert with delegation leadership
  • Operating a communications office for Team USA at the Main Press Center
  • Coordinating media information and requests for Team USA at competition venues and in the Paralympic Village

Media Services

Information Distribution

News and information regarding Team USA will be posted to, with supplemental material on U.S. Paralympics Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. 


Official head shots (high-res, rights-free images) of the majority of U.S. athletes, taken during team processing, will be available to media at Meanwhile, action photos and additional posed shots for select athletes are available upon request by contacting Katie Branham (


A dedicated microsite at is the central hub for news and information on Team USA, including results, competition schedules, athlete biographies, sport features, history and general information about the Paralympic Games. 

USA Daily

USA Daily, a news blast published each day that provides U.S. results and highlights is distributed each night via email and from Sept. 8-18.

USOC Office

The USOC communications office is located in the Main Press Center and serves as the hub for information regarding Team USA athletes, coaches and officials, and the primary site for arranging interviews with U.S. officials.

Interview Opportunities

The primary opportunity for athlete interviews is in the venue mixed zones as athletes are leaving the competition areas. Additional opportunities may exist in the Venue Media Centers, where E-accredited media are also able to shoot video per the News Access Guidelines. At many venues, a U.S. press officer will be on hand to assist. Athlete/coach interview requests outside of the mixed zone/Venue Media Centers should be directed to the respective sport press officer or a member of the USOC communications staff. Interviews with USOC delegation staff can be arranged at the USOC communications office at the MPC or by contacting a member of the USOC communications team.


Click here for a list of sport communications contacts.