Paris Olympics 2024

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Fri, Jul 26, 2024 – Sun, Aug 11, 2024


The Paris Olympics’ Seine River plan is bold, audacious … and risky
… They also plan to stage some long-distance swimming events in the river even though the Seine has teemed with garbage and rancid toilet water for decades. They are counting on the French government’s 1.4 billion euro project to make the river swimmable for the first time in nearly 100 years.
They say they are doing this because a French Olympics should be stylish and stunning and something no one will forget. After two Olympics amid pandemic restrictions and with television ratings dipping and perhaps interest in the Games waning, the International Olympic Committee needs a sensational Olympics and Opening Ceremonies, too.
for the moment, Paris Games organizers say the ceremony along the Seine is their plan A. Prize-winning French theater director Thomas Jolly is overseeing its artistic content and the closing ceremony at the Stade de France on Aug. 11.

17 June
Athletes warn ‘hottest Games on record’ could threaten lives at Paris Olympics
Annual Paris temperatures warmed by 1.8°C since 1924
New report cites risks posed by extreme heat
The Paris Olympics could be the hottest Games on record, with leading athletes warning that the intense heat forecast for competition could lead to athletes collapsing or – in a worst-case scenario – dying in competition.
A new report, Rings of Fire: Heat Risks at the 2024 Paris Olympics, argues the 2021 games held in Tokyo “offered a window into an alarming, escalating norm for Summer Olympics”.
With temperatures above 34C and humidity approaching 70%, the Games were described as “the hottest in history”.
“Competitors vomited and fainted at finish lines, wheelchairs were deployed to carry athletes away from sun-scorched arenas and the fear of dying on court was even raised mid-match by the Tokyo Games’ No 2 seeded tennis player Daniil Medvedev,” the report says.

10 June
IOC boss Thomas Bach says snap elections in France won’t impact the Paris Olympics
Bach said the Paris Games have always had broad support across the French political spectrum and added, “I have no indications whatsoever that this unity will break now, just … before the Games open.”

9 June
What’s a Phryge? Meet the 2024 Paris Olympics Mascot
(NBC) Hats off to the design of the adorable symbol of the Summer Games, which is steeped in French history.
The official mascots of the 2024 Paris Olympics are a “tribe” of adorable, anthropomorphic hats – the latest in a long line of cute characters that host countries have adopted to market the Summer and Winter Games to international audiences.
Paris 2024 presents the Phryges! These little Phrygian caps are the mascots of Paris 2024. Discover the history of this tribe of colourful red characters based on the famous Phrygian cap – a symbol of freedom. The Phrygians have stood shoulder to shoulder with the French people throughout all the key moments in the nation’s history; today, they are convinced that sport can change everything! With the Phryges, let’s drive a revolution through sport!
The Phryges are based on an item of clothing that is a symbol of freedom and has been a part of French history for centuries, dating back to ancient times. After featuring on certain flags in Latin America before becoming widely popularised by French revolutionaries, the Phrygian cap has now become a familiar image in France. A symbol of revolution, the French Republic and freedom, the Phrygian cap can be seen on French national icon Marianne, depicted in busts at town halls across the country and on stamps, and is also covered in the national curriculum in schools.
November 2022
Liberté, Égalité, Millinery?
Paris 2024 unveils its mascots. And they are hats.
The Phrygian cap, a soft, generally red hat, dates to headgear worn in Phrygia, an ancient Greek kingdom in what is now Turkey. But it is now most associated with the American, and especially French Revolutions, where it was worn as a symbol of freedom.

8 June
The Olympic rings are mounted on the Eiffel Tower to mark 50 days until the Paris Games
The rings were displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. Each ring is 9 meters (30 feet) in diameter and made of recycled French steel.

4 June
Opening athlete parade on a river, not in a stadium, tops list of innovations
(AP) — Exactly 100 years since the Olympics were last staged in Paris, and 128 years since its modern revival in Athens, the Summer Games can still deliver fresh looks for its 33rd edition.
OPENING CEREMONY
This historic first for any Summer Games will launch the Paris Olympics and can be its defining image: Thousands of athletes in a flotilla sailing westward along the River Seine at sunset toward the Eiffel Tower on Friday, July 26. A crowd of 320,000 people is expected on the riverbanks along the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route from Pont d’Austerlitz to Pont d’Iéna.
Tickets will be free for about 220,000 invited and security-screened spectators watching from the upper river bank
About 100,000 paying spectators, including lavish hospitality packages, will watch from the lower riverside and around the Trocadéro plaza — where the parade will end looking across to the Eiffel Towe
PRIZE MONEY
In Paris, prize money will be paid to gold medalists directly from Olympic revenues in a controversial break with tradition.
BREAKING THROUGH
Breakdance will make its Olympic debut in Paris.
Breaking’s 50-year journey from the Bronx will arrive at the Place de la Concorde, where 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls will compete on Aug. 9-10.
SURF’S UP
Add surfing by a beach in Tahiti to the picture postcard images in store from the Paris Olympics.
Staging an event half a world away from the Olympic host city is not unique though this time it is by design, and concurrently.

24 May
As Paris Olympics approach, concerns continue after doping watchdog cleared Chinese swimmers in 2021
WADA cleared 23 Chinese swimmers who tested positive for a banned substance before the 2020 Olympics
A recent investigation into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) clearance of 23 Chinese athletes ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics is raising questions about whether appropriate measures to stop doping will be upheld at this year’s games.
“I’ve said it’s a trainwreck and … I think it’s different than any other Olympic Games that we’ve ever seen,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
A joint investigation by the New York Times and German broadcaster ARD revealed that prior to the 2020 Games in Tokyo, which were held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for a banned heart medication called trimetazidine (TMZ). The drug is on WADA’s prohibited list as a “hormone and metabolic modulator” because it can increase blood flow efficiency and improve endurance.
But rather than facing suspension, WADA cleared the swimmers, allowing them to compete and win medals — including three gold medals — in the 2020 Olympics. Some of those swimmers may be back on China’s team for the 2024 Olympics.
Since the revelation, a U.S. house panel is now asking the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate. The committee asked that the authorities use a law passed in 2020 in the wake of another doping scandal that gives the Justice Department the power to criminally prosecute those who help athletes dope at international competitions, regardless of whether the offenses occur on American soil.

12 March
Paris’ Olympics headache is a wake-up call for Los Angeles mayor
LA Mayor Karen Bass emerged from her trip to Paris with a sense of urgency after witnessing the struggles of the French capital in hosting the Games.
(Politico) The Paris and Los Angeles Olympics have been uniquely entwined ever since the two cities were jointly awarded the 2024 and 2028 games in an unusual double announcement in 2017. Now, less than five months to go before the Paris Summer Games commence on July 26 with a four-mile boat parade along the Seine River, the French city offers both inspiration and a cautionary tale to its California successor.
The stakes are equally high in Los Angeles, where the success of the Games will depend heavily on how much the city can tackle some of its most vexing challenges, starting with its stubborn homelessness crisis.
Paris’ preparations show the potential of the Games to jumpstart sweeping changes, such as Hidalgo efforts to restrict cars by cutting driving lanes and parking spaces and replacing them with bike lanes in a bid to remake the city into a green haven. But security concerns, political squabbles and strained infrastructure have already dampened enthusiasm in the run-up to the Olympics and threaten to embarrass the city on a global stage
Gloomy outlook in Paris
Hosting the Games has been a trying experience for Paris, and three months out, little enthusiasm can be felt in the city’s streets. A recent poll showed that 44 percent of the region’s population think hosting the Games was a bad idea, and more than half plan to leave town during the event.

9 March
Why the Paris Olympics Will Be a Modest Showcase of Wood Architecture
Seeking to boost sustainability rather than build grand monuments as host of the 2024 Summer Games, Paris has turned to flexible, reusable timber.
By Feargus O’Sullivan and Jenny Che
(Bloomberg) There’s something highly unusual about the new Olympic Aquatics Center on the outskirts of Paris. It’s not just the building’s striking form, with its massive, Pringle-shaped solar roof. It’s not solely that the 5,000-seat venue, constructed mainly from wood, was pieced together like a Lego set.
It’s also the fact that the center, designed by architecture firms Ateliers 2/3/4/ and VenhoevenCS, will be the main architectural icon for a Summer Games that is actively trying not to build them.
But Paris 2024 wants to make sustainability, rather than monumental construction, its chief legacy. Compared to the pharaonic projects of the past, the aspiration might seem almost perverse.
Read More: Paris Plans Swimming Areas for Its Iconic Seine River
There are still some new projects: The Olympic Village, north of Paris, will be an eco-quarter where all buildings under eight floors will be made from wood and glass, and all energy will be sustainably sourced via heat pumps and renewables. An 8,000-capacity arena at Porte de la Chapelle, comprised of a recycled aluminum façade around a wooden structure, is destined to live on as the home for Paris’ basketball team, as well as two public gyms.
But overall, 95% of the Olympics venues will be facilities that either already existed or that will be dismantled for reuse after the Games.

8 February w/ 15 February Update
Gold, Silver and … Iron? Paris Olympic Medals Will Have Piece of the Eiffel Tower
Medalists at this year’s Paris Olympics and Paralympics will also take home a piece of the French capital’s iconic landmark.
(NYT) Athletes who win medals at the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris won’t just win gold, silver or bronze. Their medals will also include a piece of iron — wrought-iron, to be exact, from the Eiffel Tower itself.
Organizers of the Games said Thursday that each of the 5,084 medals created for the Paris events will be decorated on one side with a hexagon-shaped piece of iron recovered from the French capital’s iconic landmark.
“This exceptional object had to meet another very strong symbol of our country and our capital,” Tony Estanguet, the president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, said at an event to unveil the medals’ design in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris where several Olympic events will be held.
Mr. Estanguet said the iron used in the medals will be recycled fragments from the Eiffel Tower’s original 1889 construction that had been sitting unused in a warehouse after renovation work.

29 January
Politics threatens to spoil Paris 2024 Olympics
Emmanuel Macron’s sports extravaganza faces tense geopolitical moment.
(Politico Eu) In less than 200 days — and exactly a century after it last took place in France — Paris will host millions of visitors for the 33rd edition of the Summer Olympic Games.
There are just a couple (well, more than a couple) political problems looming for Olympics organizers: the Russia-Ukraine war, the Israel-Hamas conflict, a dispute over public transport, terrorism, homelessness, furious booksellers on the Seine and even a surfing wave in Tahiti are already threatening to overshadow the City of Light’s big party.

4 January
The Paris Olympics Will Showcase Iconic Landmarks and a New Sport
The Eiffel Tower, the Seine River and other famous spots will double as event venues at the 2024 games.
(Bloomberg) As Paris prepares to host the Olympics this summer, officials are turning the city’s iconic landmarks into sports venues. Their goal is to reduce carbon emissions to half the level of previous games, so only a few new facilities are being built. Here’s what to watch for.
Tower Power
A pop-up outdoor arena in front of the Eiffel Tower will host beach volleyball—as well as blind football in the Paralympics—while judo and wrestling events will take place at a nearby indoor stadium. The tower will also serve as the backdrop for the finale of the opening ceremony.
A Swimmable Seine
In one of the biggest tests for French officials, marathon swimming and triathlon events are set to be held in the Seine. The challenge is making the river safe enough: Swimming has been banned since 1923, and pollution in the waterway was once so bad that authorities studied covering it up and possibly using it for parking, according to Jean-Marie Mouchel, a Seine water quality researcher at Sorbonne Université. The cleanup has come a long way since, but recently hit a few snags—races scheduled last summer were canceled because of heavy rainfall and a faulty sewer valve. If the plan succeeds at this year’s games, marathon swimming spectators will see Germany’s Florian Wellbrock defend his gold from 2021 in the storied river, as well as rising US star Katie Grimes chase a medal.
A Breakout Event
Breakdancing will make its Olympic debut at the Place de la Concorde, the vast cobblestone expanse where Marie Antoinette was executed at the guillotine in 1793. Competitors in “breaking,” as the International Olympic Committee officially dubs the sport, will compete individually with windmills, six-steps and other head-spinning feats of strength.
Notre-Dame Rising
What sports fans won’t see is the city’s most beloved church, whose timber roof and spire were destroyed in a major fire in 2019. Notre-Dame de Paris, undergoing a $900 million restoration, will remain closed and partially shrouded in scaffolding until late 2024, just missing President Emmanuel Macron’s goal to open in time for the Olympics. Visitors will be able to view a virtual-reality exhibit and photo exhibition in front of the cathedral about the reconstruction project, open now.

2023

31 December
How the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics are driving the city’s green revolution
Next year’s Paris Olympics aim to be most sustainable ever. But can the plans to be pro-pedestrian, pro-bike, pro-tree and anti-car succeed?
(The Guardian) Most of the events will be held in existing structures such as the Stade de France, originally built for the 1998 football World Cup, or in temporary venues in the heart of the city. Beach volleyball and blind football will take place in front of the Eiffel Tower, BMX freestyle and skateboarding in the Place de la Concorde. The opening ceremony will be a 6km-long river parade through what the official blurb calls the “impressive playing field the athletes will make their own as soon as it ends, the City of Light itself”.
…the Seine…is being cleaned up, so that marathon swimming and triathlons can be held there, and the public can then swim in it for perpetuity. This is part of a €1.4bn national, regional and city project, the plan baignade, to cleanse the river from its source to the sea….the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, …wants to make it a paradise of low pollution and healthy living, as friendly to pedestrians and bicycles as can be, with new developments planned to promote community life.
The programme included the removal of traffic from the left and right banks of the Seine, in 2013 and 2016 respectively, which had been expressways since the 1960s. Important public spaces have been made progressively more pedestrian-friendly, such as the Place de la République in 2014 and the Place de la Bastille in 2020. An “urban forest” of 478 trees is now being planted in the Place de Catalogne, a large traffic roundabout near the Gare Montparnasse. There are plans to make the Champs-Élysées into a pedestrian-friendly “extraordinary garden”. …

28 December
A legendary Paris restaurant reopens with a view of Notre Dame’s rebirth and the 2024 Olympics
(AP) The restaurant claims to be the oldest in Paris, its 1582 opening date embossed on the doors. It says King Henri IV ate heron pâté here; ‘’Sun King’’ Louis XIV hosted a meal here involving an entire cow; and presidents, artists like Salvador Dalí, and celebrities including Marilyn Monroe have graced its tables in the generations since.
…the reborn Tour d’Argent offers options for those who want to breathe in its rarefied atmosphere without investing in a full meal: A ground-floor lounge serving croissants in the morning, an adjacent bar serving fireside cocktails in the evening, and a rooftop bar open in the warmer months, where the restaurant’s breathtaking views are on full display.
Notre Dame Cathedral takes center stage in this Paris panorama, a construction site like no other. Artisans are mounting a new spire and roof on the monument, replacing those that collapsed in a 2019 fire that threatened to destroy the entire medieval cathedral.
… Terrail had been mulling a makeover for the Tour d’Argent too, and finally made it happen after an 18-month closure prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID in a sense accelerated things, and also the Olympic Games, which are kind of an accelerator for everything in Paris,” he says.
“We have a front-row seat on the opening ceremony of the Olympics. It’s a great privilege. It starts just there,” he says, pointing at the spot where the unprecedented opening-day extravaganza will unfold along the River Seine on July 26.

26 December
Paris City Hall plaza draws holiday visitors and migrant families seeking shelter as Olympics nears
(AP) … About 50 families with children between three months and 10 years old gathered on City Hall plaza on Christmas evening, to meet members of aid groups who distribute food, blankets and diapers and help find temporary lodging. A similar scene plays out most nights beneath the ornate facade of the Paris monument.
Some sat on pieces of cardboard with their suitcases. A toddler who arrived in socks was given shoes, and an older child was given a gift in shiny wrapping.
Aid workers are concerned that Paris authorities will clear out migrants and others sleeping in the rough before next year’s Olympics without providing longer-term housing options. Olympics organizers say they are working with aid groups to find solutions for those in the streets, including the many people who come from around the world to Paris seeking refuge or employment.

21 December
France’s Macron says a security crisis could force rethink of Paris’ huge Olympic opening show
(AP) — The giant opening ceremony extravaganza that Paris is planning to hold on the River Seine to launch the Olympic Games could be moved if France is hit again in the run-up by extremist attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Macron’s comments in a television interview on Wednesday night were a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the deep layers of planning for the July 26 ceremony. Many details about the show remain shrouded in secrecy to preserve its hoped-for wow factor. The security, with tens of thousands of police and soldiers deployed, will be intense.
The athletes will be paraded through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine — for the first Summer Games opening ceremony held outside of a usual stadium setting. Both banks of the river will be lined by hundreds of thousands of spectators, behind multiple security cordons.

23 October
Olympics logo or dating app? Paris 2024 image prompts mockery.
(WaPo) When Paris unveiled its official logo for the 2024 Summer Olympics, it wasn’t expecting controversy. But that’s exactly what it got, as the design was widely described as a rehashed version of the flame from the Tinder dating app.
For years, the tentative design was a multicolored Eiffel Tower that ruffled zero feathers. But the official design alludes to one of the most sacred French symbols, Marianne, the personification of the French Republic and its vaunted ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.
Busts of Marianne are virtually everywhere here: in town halls, on postage stamps and even on certain euro coins that celebrate France. But in a country where debating national identity remains something of a national pastime, there are endless disputes over how to properly represent the de facto goddess of a decidedly secular republic.

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