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The Summer 2024 Paris Olympics Are Coming Up! What Simone Biles Has to Say, Who Will Be There and More

Learn what France's prime minister has to say about safety and what Olympians think about the upcoming Games

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Calling all Olympians, we are officially less than 50 days away from the Summer Olympics 2024. This will be the XXXIII Olympiad and is set to have 329 events across 32 different sports, including the recent addition of breaking (break dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. For more on the Olympics, including where you can stream them, keep reading! 

When are the Summer Olympics 2024? 

This year’s Olympics will start on Friday, July 26, 2024, and end on Sunday, August 11, 2024. They will be hosted in Paris, France, one of three cities to have hosted the Games  three times. The other two are Los Angeles and London. 

The Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the country’s largest stadium, will serve as the Olympic Stadium for the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

How is Paris preparing for the Olympics? 

Paris has gone to great lengths to prepare for the Games . In an effort to help with safety, they have cut the number of spectators for the Olympic ceremony. The country is also planning to have about 20,000 soldiers and more than 40,000 police officers from France, as well as about 2,000 troops and police officers from other countries, stationed at different spots around the city. 

This all comes after French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal claimed that his intelligence services discovered threats from Islamic militants in early 2024. 

The logo of the candidacy of Paris 2024 is projected on the Arc de Triomphe on February 09, 2016 in Paris, France. The city of Paris is a candidate for the Summer Olympics in 2024 along with Rome, Budapest and Los Angeles. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
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“France, because we defend universal values and are for secularism … is particularly threatened, notably during extraordinary events such as the Olympics,” the Prime Minister said. “The French police, gendarmes, prefects, intelligence services will be ready.” 

He also added, “We have a very effective intelligence system. We stop plots developing almost every month.” 

The country has also adopted the phrase “Ouvrons grand les Jeux” (or Games Wide Open) to try to convey the message that these games are an equal, fair and safe place. 

What countries are going to the Summer Olympics 2024? 

There are 206 different countries represented in this year’s Olympics. Some notable ones include the United States of America, China, Canada, Ukraine, France, Palestine, Spain and Israel. 

Russia is also set to appear, but they are competing as individual neutral athletes (AINs) without their flags, anthems and emblems to try and maintain a sense of order and good sportsmanship.  

What sports are in the Summer Olympics? 

There are a total of 32 sports in the Olympics, with 329 total events taking place, making it the second largest games — event-wise — in history.

Many fan-favorite sports like gymnastics, soccer, swimming and diving and track and field are set to take place during the Games. Athletes like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Carissa Moore and Alex Morgan are set to appear as well. 

Biles, who is the most decorated athlete gymnastics has ever seen, has faced a lot of controversy over the past couple of years after she pulled out of the summer 2021 Olympics due to experiencing the “twisties” — a condition where acrobats’ minds and bodies feel out of sync. 

summer olympics 2024: imone Biles of the United States competes on the floor during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016
Simone Biles (2016) Ezra Shaw / Staff/Getty

“We already knew my gymnastics was kind of janky,” Biles explained. “In training, I was having twisties already but I’m trying to push past that. And I would literally tell my teammates like, I’m fighting demons. I’m fighting demons right now, but I’m going to do it for you guys. I literally felt like I was fighting my body and my mind to do these tricks.” 

Biles has remained rather quiet on how she feels about returning to the Games,  but she has gone on record saying, “The goal is to go to Paris.” 

Where to watch the 2024 Summer Olympics 

The games, as well as highlights, viral moments and Olympic documentaries, are all available for streaming Peacock.


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