The 2024 Paris Olympics open July 26, and the Paralympics open Aug. 28. Before that, more than 700 athletes will qualify for the U.S. teams through Olympic and Paralympic Trials, international competitions and discretionary selections.
A look at key dates in early 2024 that will shape the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and determine medal favorites ...
Jan. 5-7: U.S. Olympic Shooting Trials (Air Gun), Anniston, Alabama
The first five U.S. shooters qualified for Paris, led by Tokyo silver medalist Mary Tucker.
Later, trials will finish for Paralympic shooting (Feb. 2-10), Olympic shotgun (March 11-17) and Olympic smallbore rifle and pistol (March 17-19).
Jan. 6-13: U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials (49er, 470, IQ Foil, Formula Kite), Miami
Three sailors qualified for the U.S. team, plus more advanced to later international competitions where they will attempt to clinch spots.
Feb. 3: U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Orlando
Training partners Conner Mantz and Clayton Young went one-two to make each's first Olympic team. Leonard Korir, a 2016 Olympian, was third in the men's race and could join them on the team should the U.S. unlock a third spot through international rankings later this spring. Fiona O'Keeffe won the women's race in her marathon debut and is joined on the team by American record holder Emily Sisson and Dakotah Lindwurm.
Feb. 3-10: World Aquatics Championships, Doha
The final opportunity for the U.S. to qualify for the Olympic artistic swimming team event for the first time since 2008. Also the last chance for open-water swimmers to qualify.
Feb. 22-March 2: World Surfing Games, Puerto Rico
U.S. will qualify a third and final men's spot — due to go to Barron Mamiya — if it wins the team event or is second to Japan. The U.S. already qualified the maximum three women's spots.
March 8: Final U.S. Paralympic triathlon selection event, Miami
March 19-31: U.S. Olympic Table Tennis Trials, West Monroe, Louisiana
April 2-7: U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials, Sarasota, Florida
April 2-11: Weightlifting World Cup, Phuket, Thailand
Last event of Olympic qualification period.
April 9-10: Pan American Olympic taekwondo qualification tournament, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Last event for U.S. taekwondo athletes to qualify for the Olympics.
April 19-20: U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials, State College, Pennsylvania
The trials winner in most weight classes is expected to make the team. The U.S. still has to earn a quota spot in some classes via international competitions in March or May. Any wrestler who won a medal at the 2023 World Championships at an Olympic weight — and thus earned the U.S. quota spot — receives a bye into trials finals. That group includes Tokyo Olympic gold medalist David Taylor and Rio Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis.
April 26-28: U.S. Olympic Canoe Slalom, Kayak Cross Trials, Oklahoma City
April 30: Olympic badminton qualifiers published via world rankings
May 11: Final U.S. Olympic triathlon selection event, Yokohama, Japan
May 13-14: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Archery Trials, final stages, Newberry, Florida
May 26-June 9: French Open, last event of Olympic tennis qualifying, Paris
June 7-20: Final team nomination period for all U.S. Olympic cycling disciplines
June 9: End of Olympic beach volleyball qualifying period
June 13-16: U.S. Open, last event of men's golf qualifying, Pinehurst, North Carolina
June 15-23: U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, Indianapolis
At the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium, the top two in most events, and likely the top six for relay purposes in the 100m and 200m freestyles, are in line to make the team. Katie Ledecky won four events at the Tokyo trials — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m frees. She is two medals shy of second place in U.S. Olympic history and two golds shy of second place in Olympic history across all nations.
June 16-23: U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, Knoxville, Tennessee
The top two in the four individual events and the winning team in the four synchro events make the team, should the U.S. earn the full allotment of quota spots. Tokyo Olympic medalists expected to compete include Krysta Palmer (springboard bronze) and the synchro team of Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell (platform silver), plus Andrew Capobianco, who took synchro springboard silver with Michael Hixon, who has since retired.
June 17: Final Olympic modern pentathlon qualifiers published via world rankings
June 20-23: KPMG Women's PGA Championship, last event of women's golf qualifying, Sammamish, Washington
June 20-23: Olympic Qualifier Series, final stage, Budapest
Last qualification chance for breaking and sport climbing.
June 21-30: U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Eugene, Oregon
The top three in most events make the team. The U.S. goes into the Olympic year with a reigning Olympic gold medalist, reigning world champion or world's fastest in 2023 in the 100m (women and men), 200m (men), 400m (women), 800m (women), 100m/110m hurdles (women and men) and 400m hurdles (women and men). Some of those stars — Noah Lyles, Sha'Carri Richardson, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Athing Mu — could make the team in multiple individual events. There is just one field discipline (combining men and women) where the U.S. does not have an active Olympic or world medalist (javelin).
June 23: Olympic judo qualifying period ends
June 24: Final Olympic skateboarding qualifiers published via world rankings
June 27-29: U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials, Minneapolis
Fifteen of the 37 U.S. golds at the Tokyo Games came in swimming. The most decorated active U.S. Olympian or Paralympian should compete here — Jessica Long, who won the first of her 29 medals at age 12 in 2004. Leanne Smith won seven golds at the 2022 Worlds.
June 27-30: U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, Minneapolis
A trials has never included two past Olympic all-around champions. This one could have three bidding to make the five-woman team: Tokyo gold medalist Suni Lee, Rio gold medalist Simone Biles and London gold medalist Gabby Douglas. The men's field is expected to include three past U.S. all-around champions and two more men who won individual medals at the 2023 Worlds. It's expected that selection committees will finalize the teams shortly after trials, which includes two alternating days of competition for men and for women. Earlier that week, the final Olympic selection event for trampoline will be held in Minneapolis.
July 18-21: U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Trials, Chula Vista, California
Headliners should include 19-time Summer Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden, who is one medal shy of the U.S. track and field record. She owns Paralympic medals from the 100m through the marathon. Plus Nick Mayhugh, a Tokyo 100m and 200m gold medalist, and Jaydin Blackwell, a reigning world champion at 100m and 400m. Blackwell and Mayhugh are in the same classification.