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Break dancing added for 2018 Youth Olympics

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The 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires will include every sport on the Summer Olympic program, plus three new medal sports, including break dancing.

Break dancing, kumite (a combat form of karate) and sport climbing are being added for the third edition of the Youth Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

Karate and sport climbing were previously added for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but break dancing is not contested at the Olympics.

Some events already on the Youth Olympic program are not part of the Olympic program, such as acrobatic gymnastics, futsal and 3-on-3 basketball.

Also Tuesday, the IOC provisionally recognized the international federations for muay thai and cheerleading, two of 16 sports that applied for recognition.

Sports can’t be added to the Olympics unless their international federations are recognized by the IOC, though neither muay thai nor cheerleading appears close to being added to the Olympic program in the near future.

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Chloe Kim sweeps halfpipe, slopestyle at Youth Winter Olympics

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim delivered as the most recognizable name on the U.S. roster for the Youth Winter Olympics, sweeping the halfpipe and slopestyle titles in Lillehammer, Norway, this week.

Kim, 15 and the two-time reigning Winter X Games halfpipe champion, also carried the American flag into the Opening Ceremony last Friday.

That came less than a week after she became what’s believed to be the first woman to score a perfect 100 in a top-level snowboard halfpipe contest and the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. Video of that run is here.

Kim is slated to compete in next week’s Winter X Games Oslo against a field that includes top rival and three-time Olympic halfpipe medalist Kelly Clark.

Kim’s success in slopestyle in Lillehammer is something new, but it doesn’t appear that she’ll try to make the 2018 Olympic team in that event.

“It was always my dream to go to the Olympics for halfpipe and slopestyle, but nowadays everyone is so good at both, it would be hard to keep up and do well at both,” she said, according to an ESPNW article published Tuesday. “But it is something I want to try. Maybe after this Olympics, I’ll give it a season trying to do both.”

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Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympics open with homages to 1994

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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.

The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.

The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.

The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.

Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.

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