Summer Olympic Sports to Watch: A Comprehensive Guide

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Summer Olympic Sports to Watch: A Comprehensive Guide
Curious about what makes a Summer Olympic season? I'll cover everything you need to know about the Summer Olympics to join in the fun. Start planning your trip to an upcoming summer Olympics in this guide!
Miriam Jaffe
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Miriam enjoys writing about travel, and other adventures abroad like studying or working as an English language assistant. Her favorite places she's visited (so far) include London, UK, Angers, France, and the entire country of Norway. When she's not dreaming of new locations to explore, you can find her singing, acting, or dancing (probably all three), binge watching cozy crime TV shows, embroidering, or trying to come up with clever puns.

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It's hard to believe, but summer 2024 is another Olympic summer. I love tuning into any Olympics, but I'm especially excited for 2024. The summer of the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

If you plan to attend, you can check out some tips in the guide to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

What makes the Summer Olympics so special? The Paris games will be unlike any past games, with new events, flashy venues, and French patriotism. I will cover what to expect from the Summer Olympics with a French twist!

When are the Next Summer Olympics?

The destination of the following three summer Olympics has already been decided by the Olympic Committee. The next Summer Olympics will be hosted by:

  • Summer 2024: Paris, France
  • Summer 2028: Los Angeles, USA
  • Summer 2032: Brisbane, Australia
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Planning a Trip to the Summer Olympics

If you're looking to attend any of the upcoming summer Olympics, there are a few things you need to plan. The biggest things are your flights and accommodation. You'll also need to consider what events you want to see.

After planning your budget, you'll also want to check the entry requirements of the country you're visiting. You'll also want to decide if you wish to do more than watch the Olympics when visiting. 

Given the games happen during the summer, you'll want to pack for summer weather. Layers will be essential for indoor events. Keep in mind that when Brisbane hosts, it'll be Australian winter! Some packing essentials for long days include an extra battery, a reusable water bottle, and good walking shoes. 

You should also follow the official Olympic social media accounts. That way, you'll get first-hand information on ticket sales, venue details, and more. 

How to Travel to the Olympics

If you hope to attend a future summer Olympics, advance planning is vital. The dates for future Olympics have been announced, so you can book your flights now if you want. Specific event dates aren't revealed until closer to the games themselves.

All future summer Olympic cities have international airports. Booking.com can help you find the best deals on airfares for your journey. 

How Many Events Are in the Summer Olympics?

Every summer Olympics can add or delete events from previous years. There are 28 mandatory sports, and the Olympic Committees can add up to six.

There are 32 sports on the Olympic Program to be competed in Paris 2024. This includes four new events that Paris has added. Within those 32 sports, there will be 329 events. 

There are 22 sports in the Paralympic Program in Paris 2024. Within those 22 sports, there will be 549 events. 

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What Events are in the Summer Olympics?

In the Paris 2024 Olympics, the following sports and their events will be competed:

Aquatics

  • Artistic Swimming
  • Diving
  • Marathon Swimming
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo

Archery

  • Athletics
  • Badminton

Basketball

  • Basketball
  • 3x3 Basketball

Boxing

Breaking

Canoeing

  • Slalom
  • Sprint

Cycling

  • Road Cycling
  • Track Cycling
  • BMX
  • Mountain Biking

Equestrian

  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Jumping

Fencing

Field Hockey

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

  • Artistic
  • Rhythmic
  • Trampoline

Handball

Judo

Modern Pentathlon

Rowing

Rugby Sevens

Sailing

Shooting

Skateboarding

Sport Climbing

Surfing

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Triathlon

Volleyball

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Volleyball

Weightlifting

Wrestling

Summer Olympics Schedule

The Summer Olympics' schedule is typically not announced until at least a year from the games. You can reliably predict the opening and closing ceremony dates, but everything else will come later.

For Paris 2024, the Opening Ceremony will take place on July 26, but the first events start from July 24. The first medal ceremonies begin on July 27. 

Check out the full detailed schedule for specific event dates. Some events run over several days, while others are much shorter. 

Booking Olympic Accommodation

As with flights, early booking is vital to getting your desired accommodation. Since the games' dates are public years in advance, people book them very early. 

Olympic and national committees book many of the closest hotels, but there will be many other options. Be sure to scope out the public transport situation when determining where to stay.

Given schedules aren't released until closer to the dates, you might have to decide how long you want to stay without them. If you wait until the programs are released, you might pay more or find many rooms are gone. 

The most budget-friendly option is staying in a hostel. Not only might you save some money, but you might also meet fellow Olympic lovers! 

The Olympics also has hospitality packages where you can book tickets and hotels together. These are subject to availability, with limited ticket options. 

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Where are the Paris 2024 Events Taking Place?

The Olympic events will take place in over 30 competition venues. These venues are spread across Paris, the Ile de France region, and France. Surfing will be taking place in Tahiti. 

Some events will take place outside of Paris. These will occur in Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. 

Using the Olympic Venue Concept Map, you can see the entire layout of competition venues for the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

No matter how many Olympic venues you visit, make sure to also see the sights of Paris! The top things to do in Paris are a must in your downtime between events. 

If you're considering heading outside of Paris, there are plenty of fun day trips to explore. 

Night image of the Eiffel Tower in Paris all lit up 
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When are the Paris 2024 Olympics?

Happening over the summer, the Paris 2024 Olympics will run from July 26, 2024, to August 11, 2024. The Paralympic Games will occur immediately after, from August 28, 2024, to September 8, 2024.

The Olympics will be a big event in Paris. The city will be busy with many people visiting and it being summer. Staying safe in Paris is essential to have the best Olympic experience. 

How to Get Tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympics

Tickets for all Olympic events are first come, first served. 

You can purchase tickets from the official Olympic Ticketing Website. Many events sold out via draws, but the general sale is now open. An official resale platform will open in spring 2024 for resale tickets. 

Tickets for the Paralympic Games go on sale on October 9, 2023. These will be sold in a first-come, first-served manner. 

New Events at the Paris 2024 Olympics

The Paris 2024 Olympic Committee decided to add four new events in addition to the 28 mandatory ones. The Committee proposed the addition of skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, and breaking. 

While three of the events debuted in Tokyo in 2021, Breaking will be a first for the Olympics in 2024. This is the sport of breakdancing and will have two medal events. 16 men and 16 women will compete in their respective events. 

Compared to the Tokyo Olympics, three events have been dropped. These are karate, baseball, and softball. Some sports have lost events but will still compete.  

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Staying Connected During the Olympics

No matter which games you attend, you want to have cell service while you're there. An easy option for this is to get an eSIM. You can purchase one through Airalo, which covers data packages in over 200 countries. 

For eSIMs when you travel, use code PILOT10 for 10% off their eSIMs!

The Countdown to the Olympics is on!

Join The Olympic Excitement

Thinking of going to the next summer Olympics? Now that you know what to watch, you can start to craft your ideal travel experience for you, your family, and your friends.

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Miriam enjoys writing about travel, and other adventures abroad like studying or working as an English language assistant. Her favorite places she's visited (so far) include London, UK, Angers, France, and the entire country of Norway. When she's not dreaming of new locations to explore, you can find her singing, acting, or dancing (probably all three), binge watching cozy crime TV shows, embroidering, or trying to come up with clever puns.

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