There are three different ways to qualify for the high performance and talant program.
- The athlete (or team) is considered to have the potential to reach a medal within 5-6 years.
- The athlete (or team) has won a medal at a world championship (or repeatedly won medals at the world cup at its highest level).
- The athlete (or team) has shown results within the SOC´s qualifications two years prior to the Olympics (i.e. been able to compete for an eighth place). These athletes will be part of the program for the Olympic Games. If they can show strong improvements then they have a possibility to move into the long-term support program.
The main part of the high performance and talant program channels support through the national federations to reinforce the efforts of: international competitions, training camps and support for coaches.
In the high performance and talant program the athlete can also access:
- Financial support through scholarships
- Counseling for adjustments to work or studies
- Medical support
- Personnel resources
- Mentor support
- Participation at camps and seminars
The support is specifically directed and customized for individuals and teams with the potential to win a medal. The individual support is based on a 4-year development plan that is specified every year. The number of athletes in the program depends on the available resources. The athletes should have the opportunity to dedicate fully to their sport without compromising due to lack of resources. The commitment, capacity and results are constantly reviewed for all the athletes in this group. The review is required to ensure that the athletes continue to qualify for the program.