The next Olympics will be held this summer from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11, 2024. 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad (known more informally as the Paris Olympics). 

The 2024 Paris Olympics: Basics
Games of the XXXIII Olympiad
Friday, July 26 - Sunday, August 11, 2024
Opening Ceremony:
Friday, July 26, 2024 at 12pm ET
Number of Sports:
Number of Events:
Number of Expected Athletes:

Where will the 2024 Olympics be held?

The next Olympics will be hosted by the city of Paris, which is the capital of France. Paris previously hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924, and will join London (1908, 1948 and 2012) as the only two citites to host the Olympic three times.

Some of the most iconic, historic destinations in the City of Lights will be used as competition venues, including:

While 80% of competition venues are within 10km (6.2 miles) of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, a handful of events will be held outside of Paris. The most envied Olympic athletes in 2024 might be the surfers, who will compete in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that’s synonymous with paradise—and almost 10,000 miles from Paris. 

The group phases of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held close to the Belgian border in Lille, which is two hours north of Paris. Sailing will be contested in Marseille, located in the South of France on the Mediterranean Sea.

The gold medal matches of the soccer tournaments will be held at Le Parc des Princes in Paris, home of the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, but the earlier soccer matches will take place in six stadiums around France.

When is the Opening Ceremony of the Paris Olympics?

The Games will officially open on Friday, July 26, 2024. Instead of being held in a traditional stadium, the 2024 Opening Ceremony will take the form of a four-mile-long floating procession down the Seine River. Athletes and performers will ride through the heart of Paris in approximately 160 boats, with the parade ending at the Trocadero. The Opening Ceremony will conclude there with a final show as the Eiffel Tower lights up the night.

NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will start at noon ET on July 26. Viewers can watch the live broadcast on NBC, or stream it via Peacock,, and the NBC/NBC Sports apps. Spanish-language coverage of the Opening Ceremony will air on Telemundo starting at 1 p.m. ET. 

Kelly Clarkson and Peyton Manning will join Mike Tirico as the hosts of NBC’s Opening Ceremony coverage. Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, hosts of “Today,” will also be part of the broadcast team.

The Opening Ceremony will air again in primetime, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The stream of the primetime show will be available to watch on Peacock,, and the NBC/NBC Sports apps.

Which athletes have qualified to compete for Team USA for the Paris Olympics?

More than 500 athletes are expected to represent the U.S. at the Paris Olympics. Most athletes will make Team USA by competing at Olympic Trials or earning required international results and rankings, while others will earn their ticket to Paris through discretionary selections (for example, the athletes named to the U.S. women's soccer team). 

Athletes in sports like beach volleyball, surfing and boxing have already been named to the U.S. Olympic team. The Olympic Trials for swimming, diving, gymnastics and track and field will take place in June:

  • Swimming: June 15-23 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Diving: June 16-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Track and field: June 21-30 in Eugene, Oregon
  • Gymnastics: June 27-30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

When does competition start at the Paris Olympics?

Several of the Olympic tournaments for team sports will kick off prior to the Opening Ceremony. Athletes in handball, rugby and soccer will compete in matches on Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25. Archery will also get an early start, with the first arrows set to be shot on July 25.

Then, after the Olympic cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony, there will be sixteen more days of competition featuring around 10,500 athletes from over 200 nations.

Where can I find the full competition schedule for the Paris Olympics?

The full Olympic competition schedule can be found on 

How many sports and events will be contested at the Paris Olympics?

A total of 329 events across 39 sports will be held at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This includes all of the traditional Olympic sports, along with three sports which debuted three years ago at the Tokyo Olympics: sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing.

Are there any new sports in the Paris Olympics?

One new sport will debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics: breaking, the street style of dance which originated in the U.S. The sport of breaking will introduce a new breed of Olympic athlete to the world when B-Boys and B-Girls face off in head-to-head improv dance battles.

What times of day can I watch live Olympic competition?

Olympic fans across the United States can plan to watch many of the most highly anticipated events of the 2024 Paris Olympics live. With Paris six hours ahead of the United States’ Eastern Standard Time zone, the competition day will start for U.S. fans each day around 3am ET and conclude at about 6pm ET. 

Each morning and afternoon during the Olympics, live competition will be presented across NBC, including live finals for the most-anticipated events in swimming, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, beach volleyball and more. USA Network, GOLF Channel, CNBC, E! and Universo will also air Olympic coverage, and all streams can be watched on Peacock,,, the NBC app and the NBC Sports apps.

Each evening on NBC, three hours of edge-of-your-seat entertainment will be presented during an enhanced Olympic primetime show. The raw emotion of the Olympics will be delivered to U.S. audiences through a mix of exhilarating moments from the day’s competition and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the athletes.