Sunny Choi is first U.S. woman to qualify for Olympic breaking
Sunny Choi won the Pan American Games to become the first American woman to qualify for breaking’s Olympic debut in Paris.
In January, the 34-year-old Choi quit her job as director of global creative operations at skincare and makeup company Estee Lauder to focus on breaking full-time.
She placed 17th at the world championships in September, one year after taking silver at the World Games.
One more U.S. woman can qualify for breaking’s Olympic debut via competition results next May and June.
On the men’s side, American Victor Montalvo qualified for Paris by winning worlds.
In breaking, athletes compete in one-on-one battles on a dance floor, taking alternate turns that last approximately one minute and are scored by a panel of judges.
Breakers do not know what songs will be played in advance, and they must improvise to the beat of the DJ’s tracks.
Breaking debuted at the Youth Olympics in 2018 and was provisionally added for the 2024 Paris Games in June 2019, then confirmed in December 2020.
It is not on the program for Olympic Games beyond Paris.