2024 Olympic schedule sets historic weekend of gymnastics, swimming, track and field

2024 Paris Olympic Opening Ceremony Seine River
Paris 2024

Due to tweaks in scheduling, the next Olympics have finals in artistic gymnastics, pool swimming and track and field on both Saturday and Sunday of the middle weekend for the second time ever, joining 1988, according to Olympic historian Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

The Paris 2024 competition schedule was published last week. For the most part, it looks similar to recent Games.

However, the number of finals sessions in pool swimming increased from eight to nine, meaning that competition will run an extra day through the second Sunday of the Games.

The more detailed swimming event schedule hasn’t been announced, but the extra session will mean changes, which could include the women’s 200m and 1500m freestyle events no longer being in the same session. In Tokyo, Katie Ledecky swam both finals within two hours of each other, finishing fifth in the 200m free and then winning the first Olympic women’s 1500m free.

In gymnastics, the number of days off between the individual all-around finals and the apparatus finals was shortened from two to one for 2024, meaning there will be gymnastics competition on both days of the middle weekend for the first time since 1992.

Track and field has traditionally started on the Friday before the middle weekend of the Games and is scheduled to do so again in Paris.

In Tokyo, gymnastics, swimming and track and field all had finals on the middle Sunday of the Games due to swimming having morning finals, so that sport’s last session was on Sunday instead of Saturday. Artistic gymnastics event finals began that Sunday after that sport had two days off.

The only other time that all three sports had medal events on both the middle Saturday and Sunday was in 1988.

Gymnastics had no days off between all-around and apparatus finals in Seoul. The swimming schedule was different with the first finals on the second day of competition, a Monday, back when the Opening Ceremony was on a Saturday.

Finals in artistic gymnastics, pool swimming and track and field were also held on multiple days in 1912, 1972 and 2008, but never on both days of the middle weekend, according to Mallon.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight


Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

Lucas Braathen

Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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