Paris 2024 Schedule (Paris Olympics Dates)

Paris Olympics Schedule

In less than a year, the City of Love will temporarily put that reputation on hold and become a battleground for the world’s top athletes, competing to prove the limits of human endurance in the Paris Olympics 2024.

From 26 July 2024, more than 10,000 athletes will gather to take part across 32 sports, a whopping 329 events in total. The facts and figures of this event are enough to make your head spin, so let’s dive right in and break down what you can expect from the Paris Olympics Schedule 2024.

Let the Games begin!

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2024 Summer Olympics Schedule of Events

The 2024 Paris Olympic dates span from 8 May 2024 (the arrival of the Olympic Torch in France) to 11 August 2024 (the Closing Ceremony). We have grouped these Paris Olympics 2024 dates around four key moments:

1. Paris 2024 Olympics Dates – Torch Relay

One of the most iconic parts of the Olympic Games is the epic journey the Olympic Torch takes from Greece all the way to the Opening Ceremony. The journey will commence on the hallowed grounds of Olympia on 16 April 2024, where the sacred Olympic Flame will embark on an epic odyssey, arriving in the enchanting city of Marseille on 8 May 2024.

Over the course of 68 marathon days, the Paris Olympic Torch Relay will blaze through 64 French territories, accompanied by the spirited footsteps of 10,000 torchbearers. The Olympic Torch will illuminate not just cities and towns but also the hearts of countless eager spectators, uniting the world in the spirit of sporting excellence and camaraderie.

The Olympic Torch will get to Marseille by boat and travel overland on the western border of France. Once it reaches Brest on 8 June, it will make its way to the French overseas territories of French Guiana, Réunion, French Polynesia, Guadalupe, and Martinique. 

From there, it will arrive back in France mainland on 18 June 2024 – in Nice, one of the Olympic Host Cities. Then, It will travel through Eastern and Central France and eventually reach Paris by 14 July, the National Day in France.

The Olympic Torch will be carried around the Île-de-France region until 26 July 2024, when it finally reaches its final destination, signifying the start of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

2. 2024 Paris Olympics Dates – Opening Ceremony

The real Paris Olympics 2024 schedule will start on 26 July 2024, with the Opening Ceremony. This will be another groundbreaking moment for the event. Instead of the usual stadium opening that we have come to know, this rendition will be the first in the history of the Olympic Games to be held outside a stadium, more precisely along the Seine River. Each delegation’s athletes will be onboard their own boat, cruising down a six-kilometer stretch of the Seine.

Trocadéro will be the final stop on the water parade, and here, the main events of the Ceremony will take place. Over half a million spectators will be able to watch this procession along Paris’ most beautiful avenue in person. The Opening Ceremony aims to be inclusive, accessible, and larger-than-life.

3. 2024 Summer Olympics – Games Schedule

See the full list of locations for this Summer Olympics 2024.

Although the Opening Ceremony is on 26 July, there are a few events before that. The football and rugby 7’s qualifying games start two days before the Opening Ceremony, on 24 July 2024, but their final matches will only take place at a later stage. Handball and archery will also take place on 25 July 2024, before the Games open.

Day one (26 July 2024) of the Olympic Games schedule will kick off with a literal bang as the shooting events take place. The time trails for cycling will also take place on the streets of Paris while divers and swimmers compete for glory at the aquatics center. Fencing and judo will also get things going on day one, along with skateboarding, one of the newest sports in the games.

Swimming is one of the most highly anticipated sports in the Summer Olympics Calendar, and swimming finals will commence at 8:30 pm (Paris time) each evening from 27 July 2024 to 3 August 2024 and at 6:30 pm on 4 August 2024. Spectators will witness breathtaking races, record-breaking performances, and intense rivalries unfold in the swimming pool.

Meanwhile, the athletics finals, hosted at the iconic Stade de France, will happen each evening from 1 to 11 August 2024. Qualifying events are held between 10 am and 1 pm (Paris time), followed by medal events in the evenings. This prestigious venue will witness the world’s fastest sprinters, most skilled jumpers, and formidable throwers showcasing their talents, captivating the audience with exceptional athleticism and competitive spirit.

Even without Simone Byles on the beam (or perhaps she will manage to be in?), all eyes should be on the artistic gymnastics arena the two days following the Opening Ceremony. The gold medal events will be from 3 to 5 August 2024. Rhythmic gymnastics will take place from 9 to 10 August 2024, with medal events on the last two days.

There are seven football stadiums across all of France hosting football qualifying matches on the 24 and 25 of July 2024. More qualifying matches occur on 27, 28, 30, and 31 July 2024, with football quarterfinals taking place on 3 and 4 August 2024 and semi-finals on 5 and 6 August 2024. The bronze medal matches take place on the 8 and 9 August 2024, while the women’s final is on 9 August 2024, and the men’s final is on 10 August 2024.

Paris 2024 Olympics Dates – Closing Ceremony

The last date of the Paris 2024 Schedule is 11 August 2024, the day of the Closing Ceremony. In this final spectacle, the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship will pervade the iconic Stade de France, fostering an atmosphere of unparalleled solidarity. Athletes, dignitaries, and spectators alike will share in the joy of achievement and the indomitable spirit of sportsmanship that transcends borders and unites humanity.

Not much is known about how the Closing Ceremony of the 2024 Summer Olympics will develop, but you better have your tissues ready. The Olympic Flame will be ceremoniously extinguished, and a mixture of pride and nostalgia will sweep over the crowd, cherishing the memories created and the bonds forged during these historic Olympic Games.

2024 Summer Olympics Calendar

2024 Summer Olympics Schedule of Events (click the image to enlarge).

And there you have it, the 2024 Summer Olympics Calendar, with all the 2024 Paris Olympics dates.

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