May 2024 Edition
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Popular New Events Get Showcased at the Paris Olympics

The anticipation for the 2024 Paris Olympics is mounting. And excitement is particularly high for the introduction of four new and recent events aimed at captivating youth audiences and showcasing the athleticism of modern sports. These events — breaking, skateboarding, surfing, and speed rock climbing — promise not only elite competition, but also a new look at a few sports that will appeal to a global audience.

Remember breakdancing?

Breaking, also known as breakdancing, makes its Olympic debut in 2024. Originating in the United States during the 1980s, the sport of breaking has grown in popularity and will see the sport’s top athletes competing for medals. American talents like B-Boy Jeffro, B-Boy Victor, and B-Girl Logistx are among the names to watch for.

Skateboarding is back

Skateboarding, a surprise hit at the 2021 Tokyo Games, returns with high expectations. American skateboard legends Nyjah Huston and Jagger Eaton lead the charge, aiming to improve on past performances and secure medals in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Surf’s up

With the event taking place in Tahiti, surfing promises to deliver some scenic moments as athletes from around the world compete. American surfers like Carissa Moore, John John Florence, and Griffin Colapinto look to make waves in the Paris Olympics.

A new rush

Speed Rock Climbing, a rapidly growing sport among Generations Y and Z, adds a modern element to the Olympic lineup. With its combination of speed, precision, and endurance, climbers like Nathaniel Coleman and Brooke Raboutou aim to scale new heights and take home the gold in the boulder, lead, and speed disciplines.

As the world awaits the 2024 Paris Olympics, these new events symbolize the Games’ commitment to inclusivity, gender balance, and youth engagement. With their fresh outlook, breaking, skateboarding, surfing, and speed rock climbing are poised to expand audiences and inspire the next generation of Olympic enthusiasts.

Based on The 4 new events coming to the 2024 Paris Olympics by Blair Young.

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