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The Battle for Breaking on the Olympic Stage

Breaking will be included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, but many breakers fear the dance form is being co-opted for ulterior motives.
April 7, 2017, 7:00pm

This story was originally published on Dat Winning.

Flash back to the 2016 Red Bull BC One, the world's biggest international one-on-one breaking competition, held in Nagoya, Japan. The finals featured a showdown between the old guard and the new. On one side, there was 19-year-old hometown favorite, B-Boy Issei; on the other, Hong 10, a competitor 14 years his elder.

After an exhausting five rounds in which each breaker (or b-boy) took turns demonstrating his musicality, while incorporating various acrobatics and taunts to the beats of DJ Mar Ski, it was Issei who earned the coveted championship.

The Red Bull BC One is one of the most prestigious and anticipated competitions in breaking, but it may find itself overshadowed as a premier event in 2018. Breaking has been named by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) as one of three new sports to be added to the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

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