What Sports are in the Olympics?
What Sports are in the Olympics?

What Sports are in the Olympics?


The Summer Olympics are the world’s largest sporting event, showcasing the world’s best athletes and athletes from 206 countries. The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting August 5 and ending August 21. There are 28 sports that will be featured at the Olympics this year, ranging from track and field events to water polo. To learn more about these different sports and how to watch them online, check out this guide to what sports are in the Olympics?

Rio 2016

Who will compete and Which Events to Watch: What sports will be played at next year’s Summer Olympics? Though you might know about some of the more popular events—swimming, track, soccer—there’s a good chance you don’t know everything that’s up for grabs. To prepare for Rio 2016, we put together a list of all sports featured at past summer games so you can plan your viewing schedule accordingly.

London 2012

All of them. But some are more likely to make you scream with delight, or weep into your sofa. Here’s a brief rundown of what sports can be found at London 2012: archery, athletics (track and field), badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing and kayaking (sprint), cycling (track and road), equestrianism, fencing, football (soccer), gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), handball, hockey...

Beijing 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympics ( ) were held in Beijing, China from August 8 to August 24. The 2008 Games saw 10,625 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) compete in 28 sports and 302 events. Eighty-two nations won at least one medal during the Games; and 102 countries did not win a single medal.

Athens 2004

The Olympic Games introduced 17 new sports, among them baseball and softball, beach volleyball, judo, taekwondo and triathlon. The Athens games also included women’s boxing for the first time.

Sydney 2000

The 2000 Summer Olympics, officially known as Games of the XXVII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated between 15 September and 1 October 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The post-WWII era saw public interest in big sporting events grow dramatically, just as television became able to broadcast them to a wider audience than ever before.

Atlanta 1996

The first year that women were included in both gymnastics and track and field. In addition, men’s baseball was added to replace softball. The following sports were added at Sydney 2000: hockey, judo, taekwondo, handball (women only), lacrosse (men only), triathlon (women only), rowing and canoeing. Boxing was dropped from its position as a medal sport after Sydney 2000.

Barcelona 1992

Beach volleyball, BMX racing, boxing, canoeing, equestrian sports, field hockey, modern pentathlon fencing. Golf was also an Olympic sport for both men and women until 2016. The first golfer to win gold was Charles Sands of Great Britain. It is now played at regional tournaments. Handball will be a new sport at the 2020 Tokyo games.

Seoul 1988

Seoul, South Korea’s Games were not without controversy, though. Initially, North Korea had been invited to participate and North and South Korean athletes competed together as Korea under a unified flag at several events—and won gold medals in women’s soccer and men’s basketball.

Los Angeles 1984

17 sports, 235 events, and 2874 athletes from 70 countries were represented. No winter sports were included as they were not considered to be Olympic at that time. Sports used at Los Angeles 1984 were: Athletics (track and field), Aquatics (swimming and diving), Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Football (soccer), and Gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) Modern Pentathlon Equestrianism Fencing Field Hockey Football Judo Rowing Canoeing/Kayaking Volleyball Weightlifting Wrestling

Moscow 1980

8/17 sports; Los Angeles 1984: 8/18 sports; Seoul 1988: 8/21 sports; Barcelona 1992: 9/21 sports; Atlanta 1996: 10/22 sports; Sydney 2000: 11/23 sports; Athens 2004: 13/24 sports (11 Olympic Sports) ; Beijing 2008: 14/24 Sports (12 Olympic Sports) ; London 2012: 15/26 Sports (13 Olympic and 3 World Championship) ; Rio 2016 16-26 Olympic and 3 Word Championships.


This year's Winter Olympics is happening soon and it's time to brush up on what events we'll be watching over the next few weeks. From curling to ski jumping, there's a variety of events that many might not have even heard of before. With that said, here are some answers to your questions about Olympic sports: 1) how many different events happen during the winter games? The 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics will feature 102 total medal events across 15 sports. 2) How do I watch them all?! There will be a lot to see at these games and you can find out how right here! We'll be covering how you can catch each event either live or on-demand. 3) What sports will air during primetime coverage?

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