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LET'S DANCE Japanese breakdancer Ami Yuasa shows off her moves at a photo shoot in India in November 2019. LIONEL BONAVENTURE—AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Olympians will soon be dancing for gold medals. On December 7, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that breaking will be included in the 2024 Olympics. The Games will take place in Paris, France.

Breaking is also known as breakdancing. It began in New York City about 50 years ago.

"It was always neighborhoods of kids just battling each other," Victor Montalvo told USA Today. He's a professional breakdancer. "Now, it's big-stage competitions."

Breaking isn't the only new Olympic sport. Skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will debut next summer in Tokyo, Japan. The 2020 Olympics were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC says the 2024 Olympics will be "fit for a post-corona world." There will be fewer athletes and events. There will also be gender equality. The same number of male and female athletes will participate in the Games. That's an Olympic first. And there will be 22 mixed-gender events.

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