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Breakdancing Will Debut As Olympic Event

The Paris 2024 Olympics will include a new sport: Breakdancing. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach explained the decision would provide a “youthful” style for the games. Already on the list for the 2021 Tokyo games are surfing, skateboarding, and sport climbing.

Breakdancing should be easy to judge. The dance style has four types of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. Breakdancing is set to the music genres hip-hop and funk, with percussion and fast-paced drumbeats.

So far, dancers have been happy with the Olympic addition of Breakdance as sport. British breakdancer Karam Singh summed his feelings up like this: “It’s going to be great for breaking as it gives us more recognition as a sport. And for the Olympics, it will attract young people who may not follow some of the traditional sports.”

Mount Everest Stands Even Taller

The tallest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest, sits on the border between China and Nepal. The two nations have argued for a long time now over how tall the mountain really is, but they’ve finally come to an agreement. It’s 29,032 feet tall – three feet taller than they used to say it is.

Mountain climbers have seen reaching the top of Mount Everest as the ultimate climbing goal, for more than 100 years. The first to achieve it was Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzig Norgay in 1953.

Those who choose to climb this mountain must face altitude sickness, frozen weather, wind, and avalanches. The Khumbu Icefall on the Nepal side is large ice crevices known to open without warning. At least 311 people have died climbing Everest – but many still visit in hopes of achieving the climb.

Making Sense of Texas

Donald Trump (left) and Joe Biden (right)

The 2020 election for president has seen a lot of controversies. Many think Joe Biden was the winner, but President Trump and his supporters say Biden’s party, the Democrats, cheated.

The state of Texas sued four states, saying the new election rules of Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania are invalid because they weren’t passed by the state legislatures.

When states sue each other, the case goes directly to the Supreme Court. Many people wondered if this could be the biggest court case in U.S. history. It might have even changed the results of the election. But the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Texas did not give a good enough reason that it should be able to sue these states over the election.

So, what’s next for the 2020 election results? The Electoral College will vote officially for the winner on Monday, December 14.

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