In 2024, Paris will become the second city to host the Olympic Games for the third time after London. The Games will mark the 100th anniversary of the last time Paris hosted, in 1924.
The framework for the 2024 Games has already been set, from venues to sports to program to competition schedules and how athletes and teams qualify. Let’s see what the Paris Olympics will look like.
What are the 2024 Olympic dates?
The Paris 2024 Olympics opens with a non-medal competition on July 24, 2024. The opening ceremony is July 26. The first medals are awarded on July 27 (probably in shooting). The final medals will be decided on August 11 (likely for women’s basketball), the day of the closing ceremonies. Paris is six hours ahead of New York, so primetime events will take place in the afternoon in the United States
What will the 2024 Olympic Opening Ceremony look like?
The opening ceremony of Paris 2024 will be unlike any of its previous ones. Traditionally, the opening ceremony takes place inside a stadium. Paris organizers have moved the ceremony outdoors – along the Seine with boats ferrying athletes past famous landmarks, culminating in the Eiffel Tower. The plan calls for 160 boats to sail nearly four miles in front of around half a million spectators (mostly in free areas), about 10 times the normal Opening Ceremony crowd at a stadium.
What are the 2024 Olympic venues?
Some of the most emblematic places in Paris will host the Olympic competition. Roland Garros, the annual venue for the French Open tennis tournament, will host tennis and boxing. Beach volleyball will be in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower at the Champ de Mars. The Palace of Versailles will host the equestrian and modern pentathlon. The Stade de France, which memorably hosted the final of the Men’s World Cup won by France in 1998, will host the athletics. The surf will be in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia located approximately 9,800 miles from Paris.
What are the new sports at the 2024 Olympics?
Breaking – don’t call it break dancing – is the only sport on the 2024 schedule that will make its Olympic debut. Other sports that made their debut in Tokyo are returning to Paris: skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. Baseball and softball, which returned for the Tokyo Games after a 13-year hiatus, were not on the Paris 2024 schedule.
Who are the athletes to watch ahead of the 2024 Olympics?
Two years from the end, the biggest stars for the Paris 2024 Games have plenty of time to emerge. So far in 2022, the swimmer Katie Ledecky won four more gold medals at the swimming world championships. Caeleb Dresselwho won five gold medals in Tokyo, won two more at the world championships before retiring for unspecified medical reasons.
Sprinter Sydney McLaughlin broke his 400m hurdles world record twice this summer. She can add a second individual event — the 400m without hurdles — or change the event altogether. The United States won a record 33 medals at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, and other gold medalists in Tokyo added world titles in the women’s 800m (A thing Mu) and the pole vault (Katie Nageotte) and the men’s shot put (Ryan Crouser).
In gymnastics, the national championships in August and the world championships this fall will paint a better picture. Suni Leethe Tokyo all-around champion, said she plans to return to elite Olympic-level competition, but is taking a break this summer. Simone Biles did not say if or when she would return to gymnastics competition.
In team sports, the United States have already qualified for Tokyo in men’s and women’s football. American women will be without retirees carli lloydbut Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are still part of the national team, which last won gold in 2012. Stephen Curry (basketball) and Kylian Mbappe (football) could make their Olympic debut in Paris.
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