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Find Out Which New Sports Will Debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics

Fans have four exciting new Olympic sports to look forward to at the Summer Games!

By Chris Phelan
Olympics 2024 art work.

Longtime fans of the Summer Olympics will be rewarded with four brand-new events in Paris this year, rounding out the Olympic Games with even more opportunities for world-class athletes to compete at the highest level on an international stage.

The International Olympic Committee specifically chose these sports as a nod to youth culture and because they reward creativity through athletic performance. And luckily for viewers, they also happen to be four sports that are absolutely breathtaking to watch!

Here are the four new sports debuting in Paris at the 2024 Olympic Games...

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Breaking

Jeffrey Jeffro Louis of team USA's Olympics Break dancing team

No, your eyes don’t deceive you: Breaking is officially part of the 2024 Olympics! You may recognize the sport by its more common name, breakdancing. Heavily influenced by hip-hop culture, this form of dance promises to shine a spotlight on some of the most talented performers around the world. In 2024, men and women will compete at the highest level — prepare your jaws for plenty of dropping!

What To Expect From Breaking

Slated to take place on August 9 and 10, the event will take place in the famed Place de la Concorde, an urban park also home to other high-intensity urban-inspired events. Originally debuting at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018, breaking is ready for a worldwide audience.

All eyes should be on Victor Montalvo, who is looking to secure the United States’ first-ever gold medal in Paris:

Sport Climbing

Whether you know it as indoor rock climbing or not, the best athletes in the sport climbing world will compete in this wholly unique event in 2024! Olympic sport climbing is broken down into three distinct formats: Boulder, speed, and lead, with each format requiring a different mastery of climbing and increasingly challenging mental prowess. We have a feeling that after the 2024 Olympics end, countless people will be so impressed by this sport that they’ll wonder what took the IOC so long to make it an official Olympic sport.

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What To Expect From Sport Climbing

Medals will be up for grabs from August 7-10 for male and female athletes, with the competition set to occur in the Le Bourget Climbing Venue, a state-of-the-art facility that can hold nearly 6,000 attendees. (Not a bad live audience for a sport making its Olympic debut!)

The first U.S. Olympic team in sport climbing consists of Nathaniel Coleman, Kyra Condie, Colin Duffy, and Brooke Raboutou, all of whom are well under the age of 30. It just goes to show that a whole new generation of Olympic athletes are looking forward to putting their respective sport on the map in 2024!

Skateboarding

Yuto Horigome during Skateboarding during the 2020 Olympics

After debuting in the pandemic-delayed 2020 Olympic Games, skateboarding makes a proper debut in the 2024 Games in what promises to be a showcase for some of the best athletes in the world. There will be two distinct events — a park competition and a street competition, which will see skateboarders compete in a traditional skate bowl environment and an X-Games-style street course, respectively.

What To Expect From Skateboarding

If the Olympic qualifiers in July 2022 were any indication, we can safely expect the unexpected when it comes to Olympic skateboarding! 

Team USA’s Nyjah Huston must be considered one of the favorites to win the street competition, and for good reason — his skateboarding skills are second to none. 

Like the other new sports, men and women will compete in the Olympic skateboarding event, scheduled in the aforementioned Place de la Concorde urban park, across two sessions in July and August. 

Surfing

Chloe Calmon of Brazil competes on the Final of Surf longboard

Like skateboarding, surfing made a blink-and-you-missed-it appearance at the 2020 Olympics and is now making its rightful debut in 2024. Shortboards will be the board of choice as athletes will compete off the coast of Tahiti while being judged on tricks, speed, and overall flow. If you ask us, there’s no sport we’re more excited about this year — and we’re sure we’re not alone in that sentiment.

What To Expect From Surfing

U.S. Olympian Carissa Moore will look to take home the gold once again after winning the 2020 event. Still, experts and fans agree that the star-studded field will make any attempt at back-to-back wins exceedingly difficult for the 30-year-old Hawaiian.

Surfing fans have much to look forward to between July 27 and 30 because the best in the world will be competing on the shores of Teahupo’o — waves revered as the greatest in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia. There are no man-made waves that are worthy of the world’s best surfers, so it’s appropriate that the male and female competitors will be competing in hallowed waters.

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