Youth Olympics TV schedule; break dancing among new sports

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The third Summer Youth Olympics, held in Buenos Aires, will air daily on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, starting with live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday. OlympicChannel.com will also live stream 24/7 coverage of the 12-day Games.

The Youth Olympics, for athletes ages 14 to 18, debuted in Singapore in 2010, followed in 2014 in Nanjing, China. Youth Winter Games were in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 and Lillehammer, Norway, in 2016.

Buenos Aires becomes the second South American host of an Olympic event after the Rio 2016 Games.

The Youth Olympics include most Summer Olympic sports — notably gymnastics, swimming, track and field — and some sports and events that are not on the Olympic program. Three-on-three basketball was a highlight of the 2014 Youth Olympics and has since been added to the Olympic program, to debut at Tokyo 2020.

In Buenos Aires, break dancing appears on an Olympic event program for the first time.

“Breaking (also called b-boying or b-girling) is an urban dance style,” according to the Games’ official website. “The urban dance style originated during the mid 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City.”

Boys, girls and mixed-gender team events will be held in break dancing. Medalists will be determined by judges using six criteria: creativity, personality, technique, variety, perfomativity and musicality.

The U.S. does not have a breakdancing entrant, but it does boast an 87-member roster overall. One American, table tennis player Kanak Jha, competed at the Rio Olympics.

The 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic roster included future senior-level stars Noah Lyles (track and field), Arike Ogunbowale (basketball) and Shakur Stevenson (boxing).

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Date Time (ET) Event
Saturday, Oct. 6 7 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Sunday, Oct. 7 7 p.m. Day 1*
Monday, Oct. 8 7 p.m. Day 2*
Tuesday, Oct. 9 7 p.m. Day 3*
Wednesday, Oct. 10 7 p.m. Day 4*
Thursday, Oct. 11 7 p.m. Day 5*
Friday, Oct. 12 7 p.m. Day 6*
Saturday, Oct. 13 7 p.m. Day 7*
Sunday, Oct. 14 7 p.m. Day 8*
Monday, Oct. 15 7 p.m. Day 9*
Tuesday, Oct. 16 7 p.m. Day 10*
Wednesday, Oct. 17 7 p.m. Day 11*
Thursday, Oct. 18 7 p.m. Day 12 & Closing Ceremony*

*Same-day delay coverage