Paris 2024: Your Essential Guide to the Summer Olympics and Paralympics

Get ready for the biggest sporting event of the year! The summer Olympics and Paralympics are coming to Paris, France, and here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the excitement:

Dates and Participants:

  • Olympics: July 26 to August 11, 2024, featuring 10,500 athletes from 206 countries competing in 32 sports and 329 medal events.
  • Paralympics: August 28 to September 8, 2024, with 4,400 athletes from 184 countries battling for 549 medals in 22 sports.

Venues and Highlights:

  • Central Paris: 15 Olympic and 11 Paralympic venues, including the Seine River for triathlon, marathon swimming, and Para-triathlon. The Stade de France hosts athletics, while sailing takes place in Marseille and surfing in Tahiti.
  • Sustainability Emphasis: Existing or temporary structures are prioritized to reduce cost and emissions.
  • New Sport: Breakdancing, also known as “breaking,” makes its Olympic debut!

Opening Ceremony:

  • A River Parade: Athletes sail down the Seine in a unique opening ceremony for the public to watch for free. Expect half a million spectators lining the banks!
  • Lighting the Flame: The ceremony culminates at the Trocadero park stadium with the lighting of the Olympic Flame.


  • Meet “Les Phryges”: These adorable mascots resemble the Phrygian caps worn during the French Revolution. The Paralympic Phryge even has a running blade, a first for mascots!

Controversy and Participation:

  • Russian and Belarusian Participation: Both countries are banned from sending official teams due to the Ukraine invasion, but individual athletes can compete as neutrals.
  • Refugee Team: Athletes displaced from their homes will compete as the Refugee Olympic Team, carrying on the tradition of the Tokyo Games.

Tickets and Popularity:

  • First Come, First Served: Tickets are available on the Paris 2024 website, with many sessions already sold out. New batches are released regularly. Prices start at 24 euros for the Olympics and 15 euros for the Paralympics.
  • Mixed Public Opinion: Polls suggest Parisians are divided about the Games, with concerns about transportation costs, security, and disruptions.

Stay tuned for more updates on Paris 2024! This promises to be an unforgettable sporting event with unique Parisian flair. Get your tickets, pick your favorite athletes, and prepare to be dazzled by the world’s best competing on the grand stage.

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