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2024 Paris Olympics Guide: Frequently Asked Questions & More

2024 Paris Olympics Guide: Frequently Asked Questions & More

The 2024 Paris Olympics is almost here, and sporting fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the excitement to come. With that anticipation also come questions regarding the upcoming event.

In this guide, we aim to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Paris Olympics, providing you with all the information you need to enjoy this international sporting spectacle to the fullest.

Table of Contents

  1. 2024 Paris Olympic Games General Information
  2. Questions About Olympic Athletes
  3. Olympic Sporting Events Information
  4. Questions About Paris
  5. Questions About 2024 Paris Olympics
  6. Watch The Olympics on DIRECTV

2024 Paris Olympic Games General Information

To start, let’s get answers to the frequently asked questions around the dates of The Olympics and how to watch the monumental event from the US.

When are the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The 2024 Paris Games will take place from Friday, July 26 until Sunday, August 11, lasting a total of six weeks. The Opening Ceremony will be live on Friday, July 26th and The Closing Ceremonies will be live on Sunday, August 11.

Where Can I Watch the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The Olympics only come around every four years, so you don’t want to miss a moment of the on-screen action. All of that on-screen action will be available for US fans to watch across the family of NBCUniversal networks. Below is the list of the channels showing Olympic content this summer, along with how to find them on DIRECTV.

There will also be Olympic content airing on Peacock, which DIRECTV customers can get for a discount! Find out how here.

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Where Are The Olympics Taking Place?

The Olympics coming up in July are located in Paris, this year’s host city. Events will take place at more than 30 unique locations across the city of Paris and its surrounding areas. Listed below are each of the locations, along with the events that will take place there and their distance from the Paris City Center.

Venue Events Held Distance from City Center
Aquatics Centre
  • Artistic Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Diving
5 miles
Bercy Arena
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Trampoline
2 miles
Bordeaux Stadium
  • Football
306 miles
Champ de Mars Arena
  • Judo
  • Wrestling
1.3 miles
Château de Versailles
  • Equestrian
  • Modern Pentathlon
11 miles
Chateauroux Shooting Centre
  • Shooting
145 miles
Eiffel Tower Stadium
  • Beach Volleyball
2.4 miles
Elancourt Hill
  • Cycling Mountain Bike
17 miles
Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium
  • Football
253 miles
Grand Palais
  • Fencing
  • Taekwondo
1.8 miles
Hôtel de Ville
  • Athletics
0.5 miles
Esplanade des Invalides
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Cycling Road
1.7 miles
La Beaujoire Stadium
  • Football
211 miles
La Concorde
  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Breaking
  • Cycling BMX Freestyle
  • Skateboarding
1.3 miles
Le Bourget Sport Climbing Venue
  • Sport Climbing
6.5 miles
Golf National
  • Golf
14 miles
Lyon Stadium
  • Football
246 miles
Marseille Marina
  • Sailing
412 miles
Marseille Stadium
  • Football (Soccer)
412 miles
Nice Stadium
  • Football (Soccer)
426 miles
North Paris Arena
  • Boxing
  • Modern Pentathlon
11.3 miles
Parc des Princes
  • Football (Soccer)
4.4 miles
Paris La Defense Arena
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
6 miles
Pierre Mauroy Stadium
  • Basketball
  • Handball
126 miles
Pont Alexandre III
  • Cycling Road
  • Marathon Swimming
  • Triathlon
1.6 miles
Porte de La Chapelle Arena
  • Badminton
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
3 miles
Stade Roland-Garros
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
4.4 miles
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines BMX Stadium
  • Cycling BMX Racing
15 miles
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome
  • Cycling Track
15 miles
South Paris Arena
  • Handball
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
3.1 miles
Stade de France
  • Athletics
  • Rugby Sevens
5.5 miles
Teahupo’o, Tahiti
  • Surfing
10,000 miles
Trocadéro
  • Athletics
  • Cycling Road
1.3 miles
Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium
  • Canoe Slalom
  • Canoe Sprint
  • Rowing
13 miles
Yves-du-Manoir Stadium
  • Hockey
7 miles

When are the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games?

The 2024 Paralympic Games will take place shortly after the conclusion of the Olympics. Fans can watch the Paralympic Games live from Paris and the surrounding area from August 28th to September 8th.

Where Can I Watch the Paralympic Games Paris 2024?

Fans looking to follow The Paralympic Games can do so across the NBCUniversal networks.


Questions About Olympic Athletes

And now, a look at frequently asked questions about Olympic athletes.

How Many Athletes Will Compete in The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad?

The Paris Olympic Games will host 10,500 athletes for the games.

How Many Athletes Will Compete for the United States in 2024?

As of June 11, there have been more than 400 athletes qualified to compete for USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Can Russian and Belarusian Athletes Compete in The Paris Olympics?

The countries of Russia and Belarus have been barred from sending teams to compete at The Olympics, but that doesn’t stop athletes from those countries from competing at all. These participants may compete as “neutral” athletes, meaning they will not be allowed to participate in The Opening Ceremony.

If these athletes win medals, they will not have their national anthem played or national flags raised, either.


Olympic Sporting Event Information

Do you have questions about the events at The Olympic Games Paris 2024? Get answers here.

How Many Sports Will Be at The Paris Olympics?

Olympic athletes will compete in 45 different Olympic sports and hundreds of individual events throughout the month of competition. The official Olympic sports are listed below in alphabetical order:

  1. Archery
  2. Artistic Gymnastics
  3. Artistic Swimming
  4. Athletics
  5. Badminton
  6. Basketball
  7. Basketball 3×3
  8. Beach Volleyball
  9. Boxing
  10. Breaking
  11. Canoe Slalom
  12. Canoe Sprint
  13. Cycling BMX Freestyle
  14. Cycling BMX Racing
  15. Cycling Mountain Bike
  16. Cycling Road
  17. Cycling Track
  18. Diving
  19. Equestrian
  20. Fencing
  21. Football
  22. Golf
  23. Handball
  24. Hockey
  25. Judo
  26. Marathon Swimming
  27. Modern Pentathlon
  28. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  29. Rowing
  30. Rugby Sevens
  31. Sailing
  32. Shooting
  33. Skateboarding
  34. Sport Climbing
  35. Surfing
  36. Swimming
  37. Table Tennis
  38. Taekwondo
  39. Tennis
  40. Trampoline
  41. Triathlon
  42. Volleyball
  43. Water Polo
  44. Weightlifting
  45. Wrestling

What New Sports Will Be at The Olympics?

The 2024 Paris Olympics will be the debut for Breaking, a hip-hop dance style that originated in the US in the 1970s.

Skateboarding, which debuted in 2021 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will also be back for just the second time in Paris.

Explore some of the other new sports introduced this year. 

What Is the Difference Between Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics?

The largest difference between artistic and rhythmic gymnastics is that rhythmic gymnastics focuses more on presentation and style, while artistic gymnastics focuses more on technicalities, precision and physical strength.

Only women compete in rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympic level, while men and women compete in artistic gymnastics (often shortened to just gymnastics). Additionally, rhythmic gymnastics only consists of one floor exercise, while artistic athletes compete in a variety of events including vault, floor exercises, bars and balance beam.


Questions About Paris

Wondering how Paris is preparing for this monumental event? Find out below.

How Is Paris Preparing for The Olympics?

The city of Paris and the French Republic in general has been preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games for years, and it’s finally coming to fruition. In addition to building a number of short-term and permanent sporting facilities, Paris is preparing for the event by mounting the iconic Olympic rings on the iconic Eiffel Tower, marking 50 days until the sports world gathers in the French capital for the quadrennial sports festival.

The Eiffel Tower and the surrounding area will be prominent during the July 26-August 11 Paris Olympics and The Paralympics, with events like beach volleyball being played at the foot of the monument. Additionally, the city will host various sporting events at iconic venues, including the Seine River for marathon swimming (although there is some controversy about this) and the Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre for all swimming events.

The French government is also taking measures to ensure the safety and security of the athletes and spectators

Where Will The Opening Ceremony Take Place in Paris?

The Opening Ceremony for The Paris Olympics will take place at the Trocadéro, with the grand and lavish parade winding through the center of the city along the Seine River. For fans that unfortunately cannot be there in person for the spectacle, they can watch live from their homes on July 26, 2024, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The ceremony will also be aired again for primetime viewers, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

How Will The Opening Ceremony Be Different This Year?

There’s a good reason The Paris Olympics are using “one ceremony, many firsts” to describe this year’s Opening Ceremony. First, rather than holding The Opening Ceremony in a stadium, the ceremony and subsequent parade will be on the street in the heart of Paris.

To add even more novelty to the event, Olympic athletes will be paraded by thousands of spectators on boats floating down the Seine. And because it’s all happening outside, no admission is being charged to watch, making it a once in a lifetime opportunity for Parisians and visitors alike.


Questions About 2024 Paris Olympics

And finally, what’s up next after this Olympics?

When Is the Next Summer Olympics?

Once the Olympic and Paralympic medals have been awarded and the city of Paris returns to the status quo, fans will have to wait another four years until the next iteration of The Olympics come around. The next Olympics will be hosted in Los Angeles, California in 2028.

When Is the Next Winter Olympics?

Fans only need to wait two years for the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter Games, which will take place across Italy.


Watch The Olympics on the Networks of NBCUniversal with DIRECTV

As the countdown to The Paris Olympics continues to dwindle, now is the time to make sure you have everything you need to watch all the historical athleticism live from the comfort of your home. With DIRECTV, you can get access NBCUniversal networks to enjoy the games, plus you can get Peacock at a discount!

  1. Watch 2024 Paris Olympics Online Streaming | DIRECTV
  2. Watch Primetime in Paris: The Olympics Online Streaming | DIRECTV
  3. Watch More Top Moments: Paris Olympics Online Streaming | DIRECTV
  4. Watch U.S. Olympic Trials Online Streaming | DIRECTV

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The Paris Olympics are being held from July 26th to August 11th.

Where can I watch the 2024 Olympics in the US?

Fans in the US can catch all Olympics content on NBC and the NBC Universe of networks, including the USA Network, Golf Channel, E!, CNBC and more.

How many athletes will compete for Team USA in the 2024 Olympics?

At this point, more than 400 athletes have qualified to compete for Team USA in the Paris Olympics. By the time the Games begin, the US will have more than 500 athletes participating.

What Is the Main Stadium for The Olympics in Paris?

While there are more than 30 locations in and around Paris hosting Olympic events, main athletics events will be held at the Stade de France in the north of Paris.

What Is the Mascot for the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The official mascots for the Paris Olympics and Paralympics are the Phryges, two personified Phrygian hats that are meant to be a representation of France.

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