How Many Different Sports are in the Summer Olympics?

The Summer Olympics are upon us and that got us thinking, how many different sports are in the Summer Olympics?

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There are a total of 33 different sports in the Summer Olympics. Swimming is just one of them. The others are Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, BMX, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (Mountain Bike), Diving, Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football (Soccer), Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Handball, Hammer Throw, High Jump, Judo, Javelin Throw,, Lacrosse,, Modern Pentathlon,, Polo,, Rowing,, Rugby Sevens,, Sailing,, Shooting,, Softball,, Synchronized Swimming,, Table Tennis,, Tennis,, Trampoline Gymnastics,, Triathlon,, Water Polorequire_once and Wrestling.


Diving has been an Olympic sport since the 1904 Summer Olympics. It was originally called “fancy diving” and was separate from the other swimming events then contested. Women’s diving debuted at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Four years later, the sport was combined with swimming and gave rise to the sport of platform diving. There are three types of Olympic diving: springboard diving, platform diving, and synchronized springboard diving.

Water Polo

Water Polo is a team sport that has been played in the Summer Olympics since 1900. It is played in a pool with seven players on each side. The object of the game is to score goals by throwing the ball into the opponents’ net.

To be eligible to play water polo in the Olympics, athletes must be at least 14 years old. There are no age restrictions for water polo at the Paralympic Games.

Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming is a sport that combines swimming, gymnastics, and dancing. It was first contested in the Summer Olympics in 1984 and has been included in every Olympiad since then. Due to its popularity, synchronized swimming is also now included in the World Aquatics Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

There are two main events in synchronized swimming – the solo and the duet. In the solo event, each swimmer performs a routine of their own choosing, while in the duet event, two swimmers perform a routine together. Routines are typically two-and-a-half minutes long and are set to music. They must include a variety of different swimming strokes, as well as flips, turns, and lifts.

Points are awarded for technical merit (based on difficulty of movements) and artistic impression (based on how well the routine is performed). The highest possible score is 10.0; however, it is very rare for any routine to score above 9.5.

Synchronized swimming is a popular sport all over the world, with over 2 million people participating regularly.

Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming is one of the sports contested at the Summer Olympics. It was first held as part of the swimming programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics, and has been held at every edition of the Games since then.


The sport of athletics includes a wide variety of different events, from sprinting and distance running to jumping and throwing. A total of 47 events are contested at the Summer Olympics, split evenly between men’s and women’s competitions.

Road Cycling

Road cycling has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the debut of the sport at the 1896 Summer Olympics. It is contested at both the elite and amateur level, with a greater number of events for men than for women.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking was first included as a sport in the 1996 Summer Olympics. It is also known as Cross-Country Mountain Biking, or XC MTB. The sport includes both men’s and women’s events, with races taking place on courses that typically include climbing and descending terrain.

Mountain biking is a relatively new sport, and as such, there is still some debate surrounding the rules and regulations. For example, some mountain bike races allow the use of mechanical assistance, while others do not. In addition, some races are held on courses that are entirely off-road, while others make use of both off-road and on-road sections.

With its inclusion in the Summer Olympics, mountain biking has seen a surge in popularity around the world.


Bicycle motocross racing, or BMX, is a relatively new Olympic sport. It was first included in the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. BMX racing is a fast-paced, exciting sport that combines elements of BMX riding with elements of motocross racing. BMX riders race around a dirt track on specially designed bicycles. The object of the race is to finish first, and the winner is determined by whoever crosses the finish line first.

Track Cycling

Track Cycling has been an Olympic sport since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. There are currently nine different disciplines of track cycling which are competed at the Olympic level – sprint, team sprint, keirin, omnium, madison, individual pursuit, team pursuit, points race and scratch race.

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