With the Olympic Games coming up this summer, the qualification process has picked up where it left off before the pandemic, and athletes are back on the road to Tokyo.
Ultimately the United States Olympic team should include more than 500 total athletes once the Olympic Games get underway. Between now and then, athletes will be named to the team as they secure their spots through either selection or direct qualification. Some athletes will automatically earn spots once the qualification period for their sport officially ends, but many others will need to compete at U.S. Olympic Trials to earn their places.
Below is an up-to-date list of where the qualification process stands for every sport, along with the athletes that have already qualified to represent the U.S. in Tokyo.
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The United States has earned one quota spot for men and one quota spot for women, and Olympic Trials will determine which athletes fill those spots. Additional quota spots can be earned at a last-chance qualifying tournament in June. The U.S. is not currently qualified for the men's or women's team events in Tokyo but would be able to qualify for the mixed team event once the Olympics get underway.
The United States is not yet qualified for any artistic swimming events in Tokyo. The final chance to earn a spot will come at an Olympic qualifying event in May. The U.S. will need to place in the top three of the team competition and/or the top seven of the duet competition.
Qualification is currently ongoing. Quota places will be allocated when the final rankings list is released on June 15.
The U.S. is still attempting to qualify for Tokyo. The next opportunity will be at the Americas Qualifying Tournament in early June. Winning that tournament would get the U.S. into the Olympics, while a second or third-place finish would send them to a last-chance qualifier later that month.
The United States has qualified for both the men's and women's basketball tournaments in Tokyo. Final rosters will not be announced until later this year, but USA Basketball has released a list of 57 finalists for the men's team.
The United States has not yet qualified a men's or women's team in 3x3. The next chance to do so will be at an Olympic qualifying tournament in May.
Qualification is currently ongoing. A number of quota places will be allocated in June based on the final Olympic rankings, but one U.S. team has already mathematically secured a spot.
April Ross/Alix Klineman
The U.S. is not yet qualified in any weight classes but will have the chance to earn those spots at a Pan-American tournament in May.
Qualification is currently ongoing. Two U.S. athletes have been named to the team so far.
Qualification is still ongoing, but two U.S. women have qualified for the Tokyo Games thus far.
Women's BMX Freestyle
The U.S. has qualified seven out of a possible 12 quota spots so far, but there will be an opportunity prior to the Olympics to increase that total. Olympic Trials will be held June 6-13 to determine which athletes fill those quota spots.
The United States has qualified teams in all three disciplines (dressage, jumping, eventing), along with three individual spots in each discipline. The Olympic team will be announced at a later date.
The U.S. has qualified for all six of the team events in Tokyo, which also gives them three athletes in each of the individual competitions. The selection period is ongoing and will officially end in May, but a number of athletes have mathematically clinched spots on the Olympic team already.
*Denotes replacement athletes for the team event
Anna van Brummen*
The U.S. didn't qualify for the field hockey tournament and therefore won't be competing in Tokyo.
Participants will be announced when the qualification period ends in June. Up to four men and four women can qualify for the United States.
The United States has qualified for both the men's and women's team events. The team members (4 men, 4 women) will be named at the end of Olympic Trials in June. There are additional spots available for the individual competitions, and one gymnast has already secured a nominative berth based on results from the FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup Series events.
The U.S. didn't qualify a men's or women's team for handball and therefore won't be competing in Tokyo.
Qualification is currently ongoing. Quota places will be distributed after the qualifying period ends in June.
The U.S. has qualified an athlete in women's kata but has not yet qualified for any of the kumite disciplines. The next chance to earn quota spots will come at an Olympic qualifying tournament in June.
As of now, two American pentathletes have qualified to compete in Tokyo.
The U.S. has earned two quota spots in the individual competition for the first time since 1992 but has not yet secured a spot in the group competition. Evita Griskenas and Laura Zeng, the gymnasts who earned the quota spots, can automatically qualify for the U.S. Olympic team by finishing in the top three at the national championships in June, otherwise the spots will be filled at the discretion of the selection committee. The next chance to qualify for the group event will be at the Pan-American Championships in June.
Qualification is currently ongoing. The U.S. has qualified for several events but has only named one rower to the Olympic team thus far.
Kara Kohler (single sculls)
The U.S. men's and women's rugby teams have both qualified for Tokyo. The Olympic rosters will be announced at a later date.
The U.S. has qualified nine boats (out of a possible 10) and has named its Olympic team.
Charlie Buckingham (Laser)
Luke Muller (Finn)
Pedro Pascual (Windsurfer)
Dave Hughes/Stu McNay (470)
Farrah Hall (Windsurfer)
Paige Railey (Laser Radial)
Nikki Barnes/Lara Dallman-Weiss (470)
Stephanie Roble/Maggie Shea (49er FX)
Riley Gibbs/Anna Weis (Nacra 17)
The U.S. has earned a total of 21 quota spots: eight for rifle, eight for shotgun, and five for pistol. Olympic Trials were split into two parts, with the overall results determining which athletes fill those quota spots. As of March 2021, all selection matches have been completed except for Part 2 of the Smallbore Rifle Trials, so 17 athletes have been named to the Olympic team so far. The U.S. has not yet qualified for any of the mixed team events.
Air: Lucas Kozeniesky
Air: William Shaner
Air: Mary Tucker
Air: Ali Weisz
Air: James Hall
Air: Nick Mowrer
Rapid Fire: Keith Sanderson
Sport: Alexis Lagan
Sport: Sandra Uptagrafft
Skeet: Vincent Hancock
Skeet: Phillip Jungman
Trap: Brian Burrows
Trap: Derrick Mein
Skeet: Amber English
Skeet: Austen Smith
Trap: Madelynn Bernau
Trap: Kayle Browning
Qualification is currently ongoing. Several athletes will qualify through the world championships in June, while the rest of the spots will be distributed later that month when the qualifying period ends.
The U.S. women earned a spot after winning an Olympic qualifying tournament last year. The 18-player roster will be announced at a later date but will include many names from the USWNT's 2019 World Cup-winning squad. The U.S. men were unable to qualify for Tokyo and will miss a third straight Olympics.
The U.S. is qualified for the softball tournament in Tokyo. The roster was announced in 2019, and despite the Olympics being postponed for a year, USA Softball said that they would stick with the original team selection.
Monica Abbott, Pitcher
Ali Aguilar, Infield
Valerie Arioto, Infield
Ally Carda, Pitcher/Infield
Amanda Chidester, Catcher
Rachel Garcia, Pitcher/Infield
Haylie McCleney, Outfield
Michelle Moultrie, Outfield
Dejah Mulipola, Catcher
Aubree Munro, Catcher
Bubba Nickles, Utility
Cat Osterman, Pitcher
Janie Reed, Outfield
Delaney Spaulding, Infield
Kelsey Stewart, Utility
The U.S. has successfully qualified two men and two women, which is the maximum number of allowed athletes per country.
The U.S. has successfully qualified two men and two women, which is the maximum allowed number of athletes per country.
John John Florence
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team will be decided at Olympic Trials in June, with the exception of three swimmers (below) who have already qualified for the open-water marathons in Tokyo. The U.S. is expected to have the maximum number of entries (56 total individual spots, seven relay teams) for all of the pool events, though the final roster size will be smaller because many athletes compete in multiple events.
Men's Open Water
Women's Open Water
The U.S. will field a full team (three men, three women) in Tokyo. They have earned two singles entries and one team entry for both men and women, but have not qualified for the mixed doubles event.
The United States earned quota spots in two of the eight weight classes for taekwondo. No qualification opportunities remain for the U.S. team.
57kg: Anastasija Zolotic
67kg: Paige McPherson
Qualification is currently ongoing, and spots will be awarded in June after the conclusion of the French Open. Countries are allowed up to four singles entries and two doubles teams per gender, but can only have a maximum of six men and six women total.
Track & Field
The full U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team will be decided at Olympic Trials in June. However, trials for the marathon and 50km race walk were held last year before the pandemic, so some members of the team have already been named.
Qualification is currently ongoing. The U.S. can earn quota spots (up to two men and two women) through the Pan-American Championships or the Trampoline World Cup series.
Qualification is currently ongoing and will run through June 21.
The United States has qualified for both the men's and women's tournament in Tokyo. Olympic rosters will be announced at a later date.
The U.S. men's and women's teams are both qualified for Tokyo. The 13-player Olympic rosters will be announced at a later date.
The qualification process is currently ongoing. Upon its conclusion, weightlifters will be offered Olympic invites based on their rankings, but each country can have no more than four men and four women total on their team. As a result, the U.S. could potentially have to make decisions about which invites to accept and which to decline.
The U.S. has earned quota spots in 15 of the 18 Olympic weight classes, and Olympic Trials were held in April to determine which wrestlers will fill those quota spots in Tokyo. The remaining weight classes can still be qualified at an international tournament in May.
57kg: Thomas Gilman
74kg: Kyle Dake
86kg: David Taylor
97kg: Kyle Snyder
125kg: Gable Steveson
50kg: Sarah Hildebrandt
53kg: Jacarra Winchester
57kg: Helen Maroulis
62kg: Kayla Miracle
68kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock
76kg: Adeline Gray
60kg: Ildar Hafizov
67kg: Alejandro Sancho
87kg: John Stefanowicz
97kg: G’Angelo Hancock
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