B-Girl Ram of Japan becomes the first Youth Olympic Champion in Breaking


BUENOS AIRES — B-Girl Ram (Ramu Kawai) of Japan won the first ever gold medal in Breaking at the Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-old won the final battle against B-Girl Emma (Emma Misak) of Canada at the Urban Park on Monday.

“I was nervous before the battle, but the music relaxed me,’’ Ram said.

Emma, 18, won the silver medal. B-Girl Yell (Yeri Kim) of the Republic of Korea took the bronze.

Breaking, a form of dance that was born in New York City in the 1970s, made its Olympic debut at Buenos Aires 2018. It combines rhythm, creativity and personality.

Ram (JPN) won the final battle against Emma (CAN) during the Breaking B-Girls Final at the Urban Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 8th October 2018.

The event in Buenos Aires featured the participation of 12 B-Boys and 12 B-Girls. Ram hopes that Breaking will become a full Olympic sport in the future.

“I want to say to all the girls that want to practice this sport: `Never give up. You have to work hard. Step forward to achieve your dreams,’’’ she said.

Ram JPN (left) celebrates winning the Breaking B-Girls Final with her coach at Parque Mujeres Argentinas,Urban Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 8th October 2018.

Ram is part of the one of the most famous breaking crews in the world, the Floorriorz. Her coach is NORI, one of the biggest B-boy stars of the sport.

Ram JPN (left) celebrates winning the Breaking B-Girls Final with her coach at Parque Mujeres Argentinas, Urban Park. The

Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 8th October 2018.

“I want to say thank you to my mom, who is always there to support me,’’ Ram said. ``Also I have to say that NORI is not just my coach, he is my crew mate. Finally we could win a gold medal.”


Story by IOC Young Reporter Paloma Mendez
Story by IOC Young Reporter Maho Obata