Everything you need to know about the 2024 Olympics

By Emma Specter

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For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the opening ceremony will take place outside of a stadium. This, and all the must-know details about this year's Games in Paris, outlined by Vogue below

Summer is almost here, and with it comes an event that the world has been awaiting for what feels like much longer than four - actually, three! - years. The 2024 Olympics are nigh, and if this year’s Challengers-induced tennis mania is any indication, they’re sure to captivate a very wide viewership. Below, find everything you need to know about the 2024 Olympics.


When are the 2024 Olympics, and how long will they last?

The 2024 Olympics will run from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, August 11, totalling over two weeks’ worth of competition.

Where will the 2024 Olympics be held?

This year’s Olympic events will be divided across 35 venues scattered throughout Paris, Marseille, Versailles, the Parisian suburb of Colombes, and - for surfing - Teahupo’o, Tahiti.

What details do we have about the opening ceremony for the 2024 Olympics?

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the opening ceremony will take place outside of a stadium. Instead, proceedings are set to be staged along the River Seine, with boats representing each national delegation of athletes. There will also be no admission fee required for most of the ceremony’s spectators, presenting a unique opportunity to fold the excitement of the Olympics directly into the fabric of its host city.

What new disciplines have been added to this year’s roster?

In 2024, the Olympic Games will introduce a breaking (a.k.a. breakdancing) competition, requiring 16 men and 16 women to improvise to music they didn’t pre-select. Additionally, surfing and skateboarding will once again feature at this year’s Games after being introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; and men will be included in the artistic swimming category for the first time ever.

Who are some of the best-known athletes scheduled to compete at this year’s Olympics?

A lot is still up in the air, but among those expected to compete are champion swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won her first Olympic title in London 12 years ago; tennis players Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff (the latter set to finally make her Olympics debut after having to withdraw from the Tokyo Games when she tested positive for COVID-19); gymnasts Simone Biles and, possibly, Suni Lee; and, with any hope, track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson. (Trials for the US track and field team are scheduled for June 21 to 30 in Eugene, Oregon.)

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