Elite Development


Elite Development Pathways

There are several paths to an elite triathlon career. Whether you're a collegiate swimmer or runner, a junior or U23 triathlete, or a paratriathlete, there's a pathway for you. Learn more below — including how to earn your elite license — and start your elite triathlon journey today.

  • Talent ID Program

    Follow in the footsteps of Olympic medalists Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes and Morgan Pearson. The Talent ID Program identifies, mentors and supports former collegiate runners and swimmers with unique skillsets that could translate to success in elite triathlon.

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  • Youth, Junior & U23 Development

    Young triathletes ages 13-19 — dream, plan and reach your goals! Learn about Youth & Junior Camps, high performance development teams and development races.

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  • Project Podium

    A daily high performance training environment, for college-aged triathletes chasing Olympic medals. Project Podium is a USA Triathlon men’s elite development program based at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • Paratriathlon Development

    Are you a para athlete interested in elite paratriathlon? The USA Paratriathlon Talent ID Program is a high performance program that finds, funds, advises, supports and mentors Paralympic potential athletes. 

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How to Earn Your Elite License

If you plan to race professionally or semi-professionally, this is how to earn your elite license.

Elite Teams Qualification

Olympic and Paralympic Games Selection Process

World Triathlon Elite Event Qualification

Other Events Criteria

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  • Athlete Ombuds

    The Office of the Athlete Ombuds offers independent, confidential advice to elite athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and assists athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints and concerns.

    Phone: 719-866-5000

    Email: ombudsman@usathlete.org
    Website: usathlete.org

    Athlete Ombuds Confidentiality and Privacy Policy:

    (A) In general.—The Office of the Athlete Ombuds shall maintain as confidential any information communicated or provided to the Office of the Athlete Ombuds in confidence in any matter involving the exercise of the official duties of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds. (B) Exception.—The Office of the Athlete Ombuds may disclose information described in subparagraph (A) as necessary to resolve or mediate a dispute, with the permission of the parties involved.(C) Judicial and administrative proceedings.—(i) In general.—The ombudsman and the staff of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds shall not be compelled to testify or produce evidence in any judicial or administrative proceeding with respect to any matter involving the exercise of the duties of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds.(ii) Work product.—Any memorandum, work product, notes, or case file of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds—(I) shall be confidential; and(II) shall not be—(aa) subject to discovery, subpoena, or any other means of legal compulsion; or (bb) admissible as evidence in a judicial or administrative proceeding. (D) Applicability.—The confidentiality requirements under this paragraph shall not apply to information relating to—(i) applicable federally mandated reporting requirements; (ii) a felony personally witnessed by a member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds;(iii) a situation, communicated to the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, in which an individual is at imminent risk of serious harm; or (iv) a congressional subpoena.

    Anti-Retaliation Statement:

    USA Triathlon prohibits employees, contractors, agents, volunteers, or members of the USOPC from threatening or taking action against an athlete for disclosing information to or asking for the assistance of the Ombuds

  • Anti-Doping

    The U.S. 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.