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Breakdancing rose to prominence in New York City in the 1970s, and the popular style of street dancing has exploded around the world since then. How much then? Enough for it to be on the verge of becoming an Olympic sport.
When the Summer Games take place in Paris in 2024, the only new sport added to the competition will be “breaking”, which is the competitive name for breakdancing events. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, all of which were added during the Tokyo 2020 Games, will also return.
It may seem a bit early to start thinking about the 2024 Summer Games, given that the 2022 Winter Olympics just started this week in Beijing. However, plenty of details have already been released on what to expect in Paris.
For one thing, the 2024 Summer Games already have a logo. Here is an overview of what you will see around the French capital:
It will be the first time the Summer Olympics have been held in Paris since 1924, although Albertville hosted the Winter Games in 1992.
The Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 26. 11, 2024. There is no event schedule yet, but there will be 306 events in 32 sports.
Breaking will be a unique addition to the Summer Games, as there has been nothing like it in Olympic competition in the past. There will be a men’s event and a women’s event, each featuring 16 competitors. Their performances will all be scored by the judges as they battle it out for the medals.
Sport climbing will once again offer three formats: bouldering, speed and advance. Both male and female participants will be required to compete in all three, with their final scores coming from a combination of the results. At the Tokyo Games, Spaniard Alberto Gines Lopez and Slovenian Janja Garnbret won the first gold medals.
It’s no surprise that skateboarding and surfing were added to the Tokyo Summer Olympics, as both have been part of the Summer X Games for years. And it will be exciting to see the two return to Paris.
Skateboarding offers four events in which competitors can win medals: men’s park, women’s park, men’s street and women’s street. Japan came away with three of the four gold medals in their home Games.
Brazil’s Italo Ferreira (men’s shortboard) and American Carissa Moore (women’s shortboard) were the first gold medalists in surfing at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Those events will again be the sport’s two competitions in 2024.
Although breaking has been added and several other new events remain at the Olympics, a pair of sports will not be back in 2024. Baseball and karate will not be among the events taking place in Paris after the two were presented in Tokyo.
The 2024 Summer Games may still be over two years old, but there is reason to start getting excited. For example, beach volleyball matches will be played directly in front of the Eiffel Tower, which will provide a remarkable backdrop for the action.
Not only that, but the 2024 Summer Olympics will also have the first opening ceremony to be held outside of a stadium. According to Evan Hilbert of USA todaythe parade of nations will be “a flotilla of 162 boats on the Seine, with spectators able to watch for free from the banks”.
So enjoy the 2022 Winter Olympics, but remember there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, which should be quite a spectacle.