The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to add Breaking to the schedule for the big youth sporting showpiece event, the Youth Olympic Games, which took part at October 1-12, a few weeks ago. It was the first time that Breaking has been competed as an sport Olympic discipline, and the result was so good.
Sergei Chernyshyov, AKA Bumblebee (18), in men’s category, and Ramu Kawai, AKA Ram (17), in women’s category, became the first breaking gold medallists at an Olympic event. Russia and Japan reached the first Olympic top on Breaking discipline.
“It is an honour for me,” B-Boy Bumblebee said. “After all, this is the first gold medal in breaking. I will be a part of History”. On the other hand, Ram was also very happy with her victory: “I’m just happy when I’m dancing – it’s a happy thing,” Kawai said. “It gives you joy when the crowd is feeling the music and you are feeling the music. There’s nothing better”.
The breaking competition was held over three days at the Urban Park in Buenos Aires. The tickets to the finals were sold out, with overflow spectators crowding around outside the space.
According to the Youth Olympic Games website, breaking, also called b-boying or b-girling, is an urban dance style that originated in the mid-1970’s in the Bronx. The earliest innovators of breaking were African-American and Puerto Rican youth and a practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl or breaker.
A future Olympic sport?
Richard Colon (USA), better known as Breaking legend ‘Crazy Legs’, was the competition judge, as a guardian of Breaking essence. He was very impressed by the experience in Argentina.
“I would like to see this at the Olympics, it can have a future if the federation and Olympic Committee can come to terms about moving it forward,” he said. “What’s happened so far in Buenos Aires is amazing. I was open-minded coming here, and I hope my influence from being on the inside has helped. We need to preserve the association with hip-hop.
The Youth Olympic Games are well known for acting as an incubator so, who knows, maybe we’ll see B-Boying as part of the Olympic Movement in the years to come.