Team USA is the group of age-group athletes that qualify for the right to represent the United States and compete in the World Triathlon World Championships, which attracts the best athletes representing over 50 countries each year. While exact disciplines and races vary from year to year, athletes can generally compete in World Championships for the following:
- Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic-Distance, Long Course, Super Sprint Time Trial)
- Duathlon (Sprint, Standard, Long Distance)
- Aquathlon (Standard)
- Aquabike (Standard, Long Course)
- Cross (Triathlon and Duathlon; distances vary by location)
- Winter (Run, bike ski; distances vary by location)
Athletes are separated into five-year age groups (18-19, 20-24, etc., up to 90+).
There are four ways to qualify for Team USA. Qualifiers must also meet the following eligibility requirements: Be a U.S. citizen OR Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.
All members of Team USA are expected to abide by USADA policies, protocols and rules. In-depth information and resources can be found on USA Triathlon's anti-doping page.