For years, I’ve dreamed of making the Olympics. Unfortunately, I’m not good at any of the events. I can’t run fast, I can’t swim fast, I’m too short for basketball, I can’t even go near a pommel horse without hurting myself, and I’ve never been able to master a decent toe-pick.
Now, in 2024, with breakdancing and skateboarding finally becoming official Olympic events… I still don’t have a prayer at representing my country in the Olympics because I’ve never been any good at those either. But if they ever add Movie Pong, look out!
On Monday, Reuters reported that breakdancing had officially made the cut for the Olympic games in Paris four years from now. A report had shown that there were approximately one million participants in the sport in 2019, and a competition in Mumbai had generated enormous interest on YouTube, racking up 50 million views. Apparently, that was enough!
“It can resonate with a lot of people because hip-hop culture resonates with a lot of people, hip-hop music resonates with a lot of people,” said 17-year-old American breakdancer Logistx, who has performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Skateboarding will also be making its Olympic debut at the Paris Games, as will sport climbing and surfing.
The @Paris2024 sports programme has been approved. It includes these main features:
– 100% gender equality
– Four additional sports: Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking
– More youth-focused events
– 10,500 athletes and 329 events#StrongerTogether
— Olympics (@Olympics) December 7, 2020
Is this the Olympics or the X-Games? I kid, I kid!
If nothing else, these new events should be exciting to watch, and exciting to argue over! Especially breakdancing, which will require judges – as opposed to something like basketball, which simply relies on the score.
Obviously, this isn’t the first Olympic sport to leave itself up to subjective opinions – it’s one of the things that makes the Olympics interactive, as we are able to guess alongside the official arbiters.
I just hope the judges include the breakdancers’ names in their tally. How many points would you give “Logistx”?