Athlete Resources

The process by which athletes qualify for U.S. teams to major international competitions, such as World Championships and the Paralympic Games, is generally posted 12 months before the competition. U.S. Paralympics or the relevant national governing body may use other methods, including invitation, to select teams to other international competitions. Click on the following events to find the criteria for qualifying for each of the international trips during the 2018-2019 season.

National Team Selection Criteria

2019-20 National Team Criteria

2019/20 World Cup Criteria

2019/20 USPN WC Lillehammer, Norway, Dec. 2019

2019/20 USPN WC Dresden, Germany, Jan. 2020

2019/20 USPN WC Finsterau, Germany, Feb. 2020

2020 World Para Nordic Skiing World Championships Criteria

2020 USPN WCH Ostersund, Sweden, Mar. 2020


U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Scholarship / Grant Program

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Scholarship

Additional Documents:

Complaint Procedures

Paralympic Sport Advisory Group

Athlete Involvement in the Selection Procedure Process

IPC Licensing Overview

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched an online database application that was developed in partnership with Atos Origin. The application is called the IPC Sport Data Management System (SDMS). The general functionality of the online application includes the following:

• Captures athlete biographies, eligibility data (nationality, classification, etc.), results, potential records;
• Provides U.S. Paralympics with online reports and data for its respective athletes;
• Calculates world and regional rankings, records and other reports (e.g. classification master lists)

NOTE: Only licensed athletes will be eligible to have their results submitted for consideration on the IPC world and regional ranking lists as well as for world and regional record applications. Please note that athletes who are not licensed will not be eligible for the National Team nor will you be eligible to be classified at an IPC Event. The IPC license is valid from the time of application through the end of that calendar year.  The license will expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed to carry over from one year to the next.

For the current list of IPC licensed powerlifters, please check the IPC Classification Masterlist

IPC License Renewal

Athletes who have been IPC licensed in previous years and need to renew the license, must complete the following steps.

1. Submit License fee of $75 USD. Pay Online by VISA Card Only clicking HERE or USOPC Classification Manager at for additional payment options.

2. Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form to (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  You can also fax the form to 719-866-2029.

3. Athletes who have an international classification status of New, Review or Review 2020 must submit medical documentation and supporting documents before you can be licensed. 

IPC License Application

Athlete’s who have not been licensed must complete the following five steps.  (All steps must be completed before an athlete can be licensed).

1. Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form to (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  You can also fax the form to 719-866-2029.

2. Email a copy of your passport.  The IPC requires a passport or passport card as proof of citizenship.  Scan the informational page of your passport (the one with your photo), save it as a PDF and email it to Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly.

3. Email a recent headshot photo (photos MUST: have a white or light blue background, not include headgear, dark glasses and hair bands on the athlete and have the head of the athlete looking face-on).  Email the photo to   Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly..

4. Submit a copy of your Medical Diagnostics Form. Your doctor must fill out the paperwork and attach supporting documentation.  This form can be emailed to USOPC Classification Manager at

5. Submit License fee of $75 USD. Pay Online by VISA Card Only clicking HERE or contact USOPC Classification Manager at for additional payment options

If you do not have access to a scanner, you can mail the information to: 

         USOPC - Paralympic Division,
         Attn: Classification Manager
         One Olympic Plaza,
         Colorado Springs, CO 80909. 

If you have any questions, please call or email the USOPC Classification Manager at or 719-866-4240

Classification Overview

Classification provides a structure for Paralympic competition. The International Paralympic Committee has adopted a universal classification code in order to facilitate the implementation of accurate, reliable, and credible sport-specific classification systems. The classification process determines who is eligible to compete in a Paralympic sport and it groups the eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport. For more information about Paralympic classification and the IPC's Athlete Classification Code, please visit the IPC's Classification Webpage

World Para Nordic Skiing is the international federation for Paralympic Nordic Skiing. WPNS is responsible for creating and implementing the rules and regulations that govern the Paralympic Nordic skiing classification system. For more information about Nordic Skiing's classification system, rules and regulations, please visit the World Para Nordic Skiing Classification Webpage

All national classifications conducted in the United States fall under the governance of U.S. Paralympics as the National Paralympic Committee for the United States. For more information about the national classification policies and procedures, please visit the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures Webpage

Classification Database

The U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Database includes all athletes whose classification information is on file with either the IPC, WPAS and/or U.S. Paralympics. Athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per the Code and/or the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures are included. Only athlete who have a current IPC License appear on the International Master list.

International Classification and Opportunities

Athletes must hold a current IPC License and have the appropriate medical documentation to request international classification. The appropriate Visual Impairment or Physical Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form must be submitted six weeks prior to the date of the International Classification - failure to follow this procedure could result in cancellation of the classification appointment. Each form outlines the specific tests, x-rays, MRIs, etc. required for various impairments that should be provided as supporting documentation. The Medical Diagnostics form and the supplemental documents must be completed by the athlete’s physician or ophthalmologist. For more information about how to apply for an IPC License, please visit the IPC Licensing webpage.

International Classification Forms:

International Classification Opportunities

For a full list of International Classification Opportunities, please visit the World Para Nordic Skiing CalendarPlease note that international classification slots are limited and allocated by World Para Nordic Skiing. There may be more athletes who request international classification than slots available. Athletes who meet the criteria and wish to request an international classification slot should contact the USOPC Classification Manager at and Eileen Carey at International Classification Appointments must be requested at least six weeks prior to the date of the classification.

National Classification for Athletes with a Visual Impairment (VI)

1.Athletes with visual impairments may obtain a national classification at any time during the year, and do not need to attend an event as part of the classification process. To obtain a National VI Classification, athletes must have the visual impairment medical diagnosis form completed by their ophthalmologist and return to the USOPC Classification Manager along with supporting documentation related to the diagnosed eye condition as outlined on the medical diagnosis form at least four weeks prior to a competition they intend to compete at.

2.Once the forms are received by the USOPC, they are reviewed by a VI classifier, and the outcome will be communicated by the USOPC to the athlete. VI classification may require visual field testing, additional tests or information to complete classification which may delay the outcome. VI athletes must complete this process and be listed in the Classification Database to compete in events.

Other Documents

Athlete and sport program plans for each sport include qualification procedures and criteria for the U.S. Paralympics National Team, the schedule of U.S. Paralympics National Team activities, qualification criteria for U.S. teams to major international competitions and information regarding USOC direct athlete support and other USOC athlete benefits for national team members. 

Plans are updated and posted annually after the conclusion of the competition season. From this page, you can either click to view current performance plans or download a copy onto your computer. 

Plans are in PDF format. If you require the document in an alternative format, send your request to

2019-20  Athlete and Sport Program Plan - Nordic Skiing - JAN 2020 UPDATE

Additional Documents:
Complaint Procedures