Break-dancing, or breaking as it is globally known, made its Olympic debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. Following its outstanding success, breaking has been chosen to feature on the Paris 2024 Olympic sports program as a new sport, along with surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.
At the Paris 2024 Games, the breaking competition will comprise two events – one for men and one for women – where 16 Bboys and 16 Bgirls will go face-to-face in spectacular solo battles. Athletes will use a combination of power moves – including windmills, the six-step and freezes – as they adapt their moves and improvise to the beat of the DJ’s tracks in a bid to secure the judges’ votes and take home the first Olympic breaking title.
Kerr helps Matildas win Olympic qualifying match
Super-sub Sam Kerr came off the bench to score the clincher in front of her hometown fans in the Matildas’ recent 2-0 Olympic qualifier win over Iran in Perth.
Watched by 18,798 fans at HBF Park, Ellie Carpenter opened the scoring in the 19th minute before Kerr sealed the deal with her 78th-minute tap-in.
Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson warned on the eve of the match that he wouldn’t be throwing his jet-lagged stars into the deep end, and a glimpse at the bench proved those words to be true. “Mixed feelings”, Gustavsson said of the win. “This might have been one of the most challenging preparations I’ve had with this team. Very little prep time, a lot of jet lag.”
A subsequent 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei now means the Matildas will play for a place at Paris 2024 with a home-and-away game against a yet-to-be-decided Asian nation in February.