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.
Elite Membership Qualification
Athletes 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
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
ITU Olympic Distance Draft-Legal Racing
2015 USA Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Event Selection Criteria
*Nomination criteria for selection events can be found under the 2016 Olympic Games section
2015 USA Triathlon ITU World Cup Event Selection Criteria
2015 USA Triathlon ITU Continental Cup Event Selection Criteria
Nomination Procedure Agreement
Principles of Athlete Selection
2015 ITU Elite World Championship Qualification Criteria (Winter, Cross, Duathlon, Long Course)
2015 Elite World Championship Criteria *Pending BOD approval
*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.