Surfing at Paris 2024 Olympics: A Complete Guide

Since its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, surfing has captured the hearts of fans worldwide with its exhilarating displays of skill and athleticism. As anticipation builds for the Paris 2024 Olympics, here’s everything you need to know about this thrilling sport.

Surfing Schedule and Venue

The surfing events at Paris 2024 are scheduled from 27 July to 4 August. Athletes will converge at the iconic Teahupo’o in Tahiti, located approximately 9,800 miles from Paris. This legendary surf spot is renowned for its powerful waves, providing the perfect setting for the world’s top surfers to showcase their talents.

Medal events for both the men’s and women’s competitions are set for 31 July, although they could extend as late as 4 August depending on weather conditions and wave forecasts. This flexibility ensures that athletes have the best possible conditions for competition, enhancing the integrity and excitement of the event.

Great Britain’s Surfing Team

Great Britain’s surfing contingent is poised to make waves at the 2024 Paris Olympics. With a blend of seasoned veterans and emerging talents, the team is primed to compete at the highest level on the global stage. Keep an eye on these athletes as they vie for Olympic glory and proudly represent their country.

Scoring and Rules in Surfing

In surfing, competitors execute a series of maneuvers and tricks on waves, which are then evaluated by a panel of five judges. These judges assess the variety, type, and difficulty of the maneuvers, as well as the surfer’s speed, power, and flow—the seamless transitions between moves.

For the Olympics, athletes will predominantly ride shortboards, known for their agility and speed. Unlike longboards, shortboards are smaller in size, allowing surfers to perform dynamic maneuvers with precision and flair. Expect to see an impressive display of skill and creativity as athletes push the boundaries of what’s possible on these high-performance boards.

As anticipation builds for surfing’s return to the Olympic stage at Paris 2024, fans can look forward to witnessing some of the world’s top athletes compete in one of the most visually stunning and exciting events of the Games. Stay tuned for all the action and drama as surfers chase their Olympic dreams in Tahiti’s legendary waves.

Team Japan in Paris will be strongest ever, says medallist Kaya

May 19 (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics medallist Kazuma Kaya said Japan would field its strongest men’s gymnastics squad yet at Paris 2024, where his only goal was to win the team title to improve on the silver medal he helped nab at the last Games.
Kaya on Sunday finished second in the NHK Trophy competition, which decided the nine Japanese men and women who will join men’s defending all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto in Paris.
“I still made some small mistakes here and there, and to win gold at the Olympics would require much more practice,” said Kaya, 27, who took the team gold at the world championships with Hashimoto last October.
“I’ve been working towards winning a gold medal at the Olympics since I started gymnastics. That hasn’t changed an inch,” he said.
“We’re going to have the strongest Team Japan there ever was,” he said – a bold statement given Japan’s haul of seven Olympic gold medals in the team discipline, the most of any country.
The NHK Trophy men’s all-around title went to Shinnosuke Oka, 20, who will be competing in his first Olympics.
Joining the three on the team will be Takaaki Sugino and Tokyo team silver medallist Wataru Tanigawa.
Hashimoto, a favourite to defend his Olympic title, was out for the NHK Trophy, held in Takasaki, having injured a finger while practising last week.
On the women’s side a day earlier, 19-year-old Shoko Miyata secured her Paris berth with her third consecutive NHK Trophy.
“I had hoped for a performance that I could be more satisfied with, but I’ll leave that for Paris,” she said, admitting she had competed with some concerns about a pre-tournament injury.
“There were good years and bad years (on the road to Paris), but I’ll make sure that this year definitely ends up being a good one.”
Joining her will be Rina Kishi, Mana Okamura, Haruka Nakamura and Kohane Ushioku. All five teenagers will be competing in their first Olympics.
Artistic gymnastics is one of the most popular sports at the Summer Games, and will be held from July 27 to August 5.
Source: https://www.reuters.com/sports/olympics/team-japan-paris-will-be-strongest-ever-says-medallist-kaya-2024-05-19/

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Serbian long jumper Spanovic hoping to ‘complete her story’ at Paris Games

May 22 (Reuters) – Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic said she is hoping to finally secure an elusive Olympic gold medal at her fifth Games in Paris later this year and produce a fitting climax to the story of her career.
Spanovic has had a few near misses on sport’s biggest stage, claiming bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and finishing fourth at the Tokyo Games with a best effort of 6.91 metres.
The 34-year-old has been successful in every other major event she has competed in, winning gold at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, European Championships, European Indoor Championships and Diamond League.
“Being a part of the Serbian Olympic team for the fifth time makes me extremely proud, and this Olympics should be, so to speak, perhaps the last test in that arena,” Spanovic told Reuters.
“Actually, not perhaps the last, but indeed the last test in the arena, but surely some of my highest ambitions of completing my entire story.”

LONG JUMP AMENDMENT

Should Spanovic return for a sixth Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028, she could find herself competing in a markedly different long jump event.
Governing body World Athletics is set to trial an amendment which involves introducing a take-off zone where jumps would be measured from an athlete’s take-off to landing position, getting rid of foul jumps to make the event more appealing to fans.
The proposal has been met with criticism from some athletes, with Greek reigning Olympic and world outdoor champion Miltiadis Tentoglou saying he would quit the event if it is passed.
Spanovic said she was also not a fan of the proposal, adding: “Many things are changing, mostly because of TV shows, minutes, and attractions. While we support efforts to increase the sport’s popularity, there are alternative ways (to do that).
“We are definitely not in favour of changing the fundamental beauty and value of a particular sport or discipline in that way, in my opinion, as there is no point.
“The whole allure and fascination, rests in the fact that someone will set a world record or succeed or fail based on accuracy. I could have been an Olympic champion and a two-time or three-time world champion, but I had a minimal foul, so I wasn’t.”
Spanovic also weighed in on World Athletics’ decision to award $50,000 each to the gold medallists at the Paris Games, saying it could be a boon to self-funded athletes.
“I believe it is a nice kind of reward (and a way) to recognise the hard work and dedication of the athletes, teams, and individuals who invest all of their resources to achieving that common goal,” she added.
Source: https://www.reuters.com/sports/olympics/serbian-long-jumper-spanovic-hoping-complete-her-story-paris-games-2024-05-22/

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First 6.00m pole vault celebrated in sculpture – Cultural Olympiad, Paris 2024

The first of three monumental track and field sculptures being temporarily installed in Paris and Strasbourg has gone on public display as part of the celebrations of the Cultural Olympiad of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

World Athletics Heritage and the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) are delighted to renew their cooperation with the sculptor Pierre Larauza, a Brussels based French multidisciplinary artist, by sponsoring the installation of the three artworks.

 

Engaging art

MOWA’s relationship with Larauza began in September 2021 with the inauguration of “30 aout 1991, Tokyo” – a sculpture depicting the world long jump record set by Mike Powell in 1991. The artwork is permanently displayed adjacent to Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium, engaging with the local community.

The artist invites and encourages all visitors, young and old, to jump and measure their abilities with the world record on the 40-metre long jump runway and landing pit, which sits alongside the artwork.

The giant artwork, in concrete and steel, represents the take-off and, at the exact heights and positions of his shoes, the length of Powell’s historic travel through the Tokyo night sky, and his touchdown in the landing pit at 8.95m.

As part of this year’s Cultural Olympiad – Paris 2024, which explores the links between art and sport, a temporary reproduction of Larauza’s long jump artwork was opened yesterday in Zenith Paris La Villette.

Some 1500 children from across Paris took part in this one-day Olympic cultural festival at Zenith, a multi-purpose indoor arena which is one of the largest in the French capital.

 

Physical or mental barriers

One of the other two track and field sculptures by Larauza being displayed in the coming weeks is the “20 octobre 1968, Mexico” (high jump gold, 1968 Olympic, 2.24m) – a tribute to the late Dick Fosbury.

The artwork measures 1.8m x 1.6m x 2.5m and is created in wood, concrete and plaster. It was first exhibited in the Centre Tour a Plomb, Brussels, in 2020, and demonstrates the height crossed by the athlete, against which our body can be measured.

The work is presented as an allegory of the obstacle: this physical or mental wall that we may have been confronted with in our lives, are currently confronted with or will be confronted with one day. What strategy should we choose to break free of it? Fosbury surpassed his wall with the invention of the Fosbury Flop technique.

 

The trajectory of the pole

The third artwork is the “13 juillet 1985, Paris” (pole vault world record, 6.00m, Sergey Bubka) – which represents the world’s first ever six metres vault, which took place in the Jean Bouin Stadium, Paris, in 1985.

This giant 20m x 4m x 6m installation will be publicly exhibited for the first time in June. Larauza will reproduce Bubka’s vault, immortalising a life-size historical movement in sculpture.

This work of art, which is constructed from concrete, steel, stainless steel and foam materials, takes a poetic and documentary look at this exceptional movement by faithfully reproducing the trajectory of the pole.

The exhibition of “13 juillet 1985, Paris” will take place at Carreau du Temple in the centre of Paris, from 26 to 30 June 2024.

The Carreau du Temple, which was built in 1863 as a covered market, has since its reconstruction in 2011 become a prestigious cultural and sporting facility.

Chris Turner for World Athletics Heritage

 

SCHEDULE

Exhibition at the Zenith, Paris

211 Av. Jean Jaures, 75019 Paris.

14 May 2024

Sculpture – “30 aout 1991, Tokyo” (long jump world record, 8.95m).

Exhibition at Carreau du Temple, Paris

4 Rue Eugene Spuller, 75003 Paris

26 to 30 June 2024

 

Sculptures – “13 juillet 1985, Paris” (pole vault world record, 6.00m) and “30 aout 1991, Tokyo”.

Exhibition at Le Vaisseau, Strasbourg

1 Bis Rue Philippe Dollinger, 67100 Strasbourg

21 May to 14 October 2024

Sculptures – “20 octobre 1968, Mexico” (2.24m high jump Olympic 1968 – tribute to the late Dick Fosbury) and “30 aout 1991, Tokyo”.

 

Source: https://worldathletics.org/heritage/news/pole-vault-sculpture-cultural-olympiad-paris-2024

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