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Favorite Olympic Sports. EDIT: Did you actually watch? Brits, did you attend?

By CharlieSpencer ·
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So the blokes in charge of the London games call, and you've won a free pass to as many scheduled events as you'd like to attend. (No, really. You don't have to send your credit card number, bank account, mother's maiden name, or a processing fee to a PO Box in Nigeria.)

What matches, meets, sports, games, or events would you attend? What is it about your chosen activities that you enjoy?

Me, I'm not big on the Olympics, especially the summer games. I'm not interested in most of the Olympic sports when they're otherwise competed, so I don't see much reason to get excited about them quadrennially. I wouldn't attend either opening or closing ceremonies. I'd skip anything where the winners are determined by subjective judging and not an objective score. Those participants are definitely athletes, but my opinion is that a sport has a defined objective scoring system; judging is for arts.

I don't think Americans get as excited about the games as we used to. Before the '80s, the Olympics were the only thing on TV for two weeks. You watched them because the other two networks didn't even bother counter-programming. I think US sports fans are more interest in their local professional or college teams. There are enough rivalries within those conferences and divisions, and so little international participation by those teams, that US fans don't have much reason to be interested at an international level. That big rivalry with the Soviets isn't there any more.

Maybe I'd attend badminton matches. I played that for a while in my teenage years.

EDIT - I watched what was on ESPN's SportCenter, if I happened to have it on. That was maybe two or three times during the games.

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None really... I prefer the Winter Olympics

by Slayer_ In reply to Favorite Olympic Sports. ...

And with the Winter Olympics, its hard to pick a favorite event.

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Winter Games

by CharlieSpencer In reply to None really... I prefer t ...

Now this NASCAR fan can watch hisse'f some bobsled, luge, or skeleton. I'd love to give any one of them a try. Do the summer games have land luge?

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Maybe that thing where they bicycle down mountains?

by Slayer_ In reply to Winter Games

I'd watch that.
Or maybe a motocross Olympic sport. Not the ground race one, but the only where they go through one at a time through a challenging course. I can't remember what that is called.

Actually, any racing or motorsport would be good.

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Maybe a paintball competition?

by Slayer_ In reply to Favorite Olympic Sports. ...

Or some sort of laser tag?

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800 metre run

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Favorite Olympic Sports. ...

100m is just a sprint, a lot of luck in that one. But 400 and 800 meter runs are too long for sprinting the whole way, makes it psychologically interesting.

And it's always fun to see which Kenyan will win

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Track

by CharlieSpencer In reply to 800 metre run

I admit track bores me. Maybe it's because I hate to run, or at least don't know how to do it effectively and pain-free. Maybe it's because any tactics or strategy escape me. Maybe it's because there's no chance of a crash

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The ladies pool events, matters not who wins, the swimsuits are good -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Favorite Olympic Sports. ...
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Those muscular women scare me nt

by Slayer_ In reply to The ladies pool events, m ...
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anyone who can stay upside down . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Those muscular women scar ...

and moving under water longer than I can,
is what scares me

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the female swimmers and female basketball teams are the best

by Deadly Ernest In reply to anyone who can stay upsid ...

sports to watch at the Olympics. good on the eyes.

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