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#1 Posted by Unilad (717 posts) -

Personally....I love the athletics. I find it to be the crux of the games, where it all began you know.

you guys?

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#2 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (5010 posts) -

Track and Field and Basketball, because I can (somewhat) relate.

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#3 Posted by mikethekilla (330 posts) -

Boxing

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#4 Posted by mtcantor (983 posts) -

As a red blooded American, it feels strange to say: soccer. I usually hate soccer, but these matches have been fascinating and brutal.

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#5 Posted by fodigga (142 posts) -

Dressage.

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#6 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

Curling. Nothing in the summer olympics interests me. Winter olympics has curling, snow board cross, ski cross, hockey, biathlon and bobsleigh. The winter olympics kick ass.

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#7 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Skiing, mainly slalom and shit. Summer sports are painfully dull to me. Pfft, the summer is for relaxing, not athleticism.

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#8 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

I haven't really watched any of it, but from what I have caught here and there the Archery seems really cool. If not just for all the cool shit they have attached to the bow and there hands.

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#9 Posted by gamerpigeon (495 posts) -

Archery

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#10 Posted by mortal_sb (662 posts) -

@gamerpigeon said:

Archery

same. YEAR OF THE BOW CONTINUES!

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#11 Posted by CaLe (4752 posts) -

Tennis and floor gymnastics.

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#12 Posted by jay_ray (1460 posts) -

100M race is always the most exciting, beach volleyball is the most watchable over long periods.

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#13 Posted by MikeGosot (3237 posts) -

Judo.

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#14 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -
@Jay_Ray said:

100M race is always the most exciting, beach volleyball is the most watchable over long periods.

And short periods ¬_¬
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#15 Posted by PenguinDust (12987 posts) -

Gymnastics normally, but this year it's been volleyball (indoor variety). When I get up in the morning to go to work, I switch on the Olympic channel (NBCSports) and most days they seem to be playing volleyball. This morning however, I watched some field hockey. USA was getting trounced 4-zip when I left.

The one "sport" I can't figure out is handball. Did anyone see this thing? It's an indoor court where 6 on 6 plus a goalie toss a softball sized ball into a net about twice the size of a lacrosse net. It's a game of catch mostly until someone whiffs it into the opponent's net. I can't figure out how this got to be a medal sport.

As I write this, USA vs Canada in women's soccer are in double overtime.

I miss when ESPN had sumo wrestling from Japan
I miss when ESPN had sumo wrestling from Japan

So far the Olympics have made me wish there was a wider variety of sports coverage on American TV. We basically get 4 team sports, golf, tennis and NASCAR. I know ESPNU (college sports network) has a bit more, but still American football takes up the lion's share of airtime. I don't remember the last time I saw a diving competition on TV outside of the Olympics. No badminton, no judo, no short-track cycling; honestly, our normal coverage is rather bland. I know that's where the money is, but still...we really do need a "The Ocho".

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#16 Posted by mtcantor (983 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

Gymnastics normally, but this year it's been volleyball (indoor variety). When I get up in the morning to go to work, I switch on the Olympic channel (NBCSports) and most days they seem to be playing volleyball. This morning however, I watched some field hockey. USA was getting trounced 4-zip when I left.

The one "sport" I can't figure out is handball. Did anyone see this thing? It's an indoor court where 6 on 6 plus a goalie toss a softball sized ball into a net about twice the size of a lacrosse net. It's a game of catch mostly until someone whiffs it into the opponent's net. I can't figure out how this got to be a medal sport.

Dude, have you watched handball? That sport is brutal. They are beating the hell out of each other out there.

Also, USA vs. Japan for women's soccer final? Cool.

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#17 Posted by lead_farmer (1076 posts) -

I love basketball, so it's a lot of fun to see the best other countries can put together. I don't know if that counts though, since I can catch basketball games all the time. The whitewater kayaking is pretty cool, and pretty all the track and field stuff is entertaining. I wish I was a runner...

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#18 Posted by SockemJetpack (429 posts) -

Been watching the women's soccer. The match today was brutal and the officiating was off but other than that it was one of the best games I've ever seen. Desiree Scott having her knee bent backwards and then refusing the stretcher and walking off on her own power only to hop back into the game was my high point. That is one tough woman. Sad that Canada lost but at least they fought tooth and nail the entire way.

Other than that I was loving the shotput. When the Polish guy with his lucky headband won gold he ran across the track while a race was being run to grab a Poland flag from the crowd. He then ran back across the track dodging the runners and draped the flag across his shoulders while laughing a booming Polish laugh. I wish I taped it.

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#19 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

Gymnastics normally, but this year it's been volleyball (indoor variety). When I get up in the morning to go to work, I switch on the Olympic channel (NBCSports) and most days they seem to be playing volleyball. This morning however, I watched some field hockey. USA was getting trounced 4-zip when I left.

The one "sport" I can't figure out is handball. Did anyone see this thing? It's an indoor court where 6 on 6 plus a goalie toss a softball sized ball into a net about twice the size of a lacrosse net. It's a game of catch mostly until someone whiffs it into the opponent's net. I can't figure out how this got to be a medal sport.

As I write this, USA vs Canada in women's soccer are in double overtime.

I miss when ESPN had sumo wrestling from Japan
I miss when ESPN had sumo wrestling from Japan

So far the Olympics have made me wish there was a wider variety of sports coverage on American TV. We basically get 4 team sports, golf, tennis and NASCAR. I know ESPNU (college sports network) has a bit more, but still American football takes up the lion's share of airtime. I don't remember the last time I saw a diving competition on TV outside of the Olympics. No badminton, no judo, no short-track cycling; honestly, our normal coverage is rather bland. I know that's where the money is, but still...we really do need a "The Ocho".

My understanding is that to be an olympic medal sport there needs to be a governing body over the sport (like the International Ice Hockey Federation or the International Basketball Federation), there needs to be at least 4 world championships awarded by the governing body and there also needs to be enough world class competitors from different nations. It also can't have a motorized component and there is an artificial limitation to keep the number of events from getting too large. I believe handball is a popular sport in parts of Europe. If a sport loses popularity it can be removed (like Tug of War or Baseball).

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#20 Posted by PenguinDust (12987 posts) -

@mtcantor: I did see it several times which is why I mentioned it. The volleyball, field hockey and soccer I saw seemed "brutal" to me, while handball; not so much. They'd pass the ball around the perimeter then someone would hurl it into the net. Then the same thing happened at the opposing net.

@mosespippy: Thanks for the info, that made the process clearer.

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#21 Edited by gamefreak9 (2877 posts) -

Athletics, its so exhilarating to see people try and break records, competing against every human ever! I love all of it though, my favorites are 100, 200, 400 and 800, in that order. Though the 400 was kind of chaotic this year, no idea who the winner was, merrit got injured, and Wariner messed up :(.

I generally love athletics because there is a notion of absolute measure while other sports only have relative measures, of performance.

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#22 Posted by haffy (681 posts) -

Badminton and football, but I haven't watched a single football match so far.

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#23 Posted by Meteora (5844 posts) -

Diving, gymnastics, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing, etc.

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#24 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3668 posts) -

Track and Field, or swimming.

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#25 Posted by Skytylz (4133 posts) -

What are athletics? Is that just another name for sports and your saying they are all your favourite?

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#26 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

Womans Hockey

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#27 Posted by JacDG (2181 posts) -

Swimming is the stuff I mostly enjoyed, Cycling, Track and Field along with Badminton are great as well, the networks here have shown a lot of Handball since we have a history of doing great in that event, but it is not really for me.

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#28 Posted by phrali (677 posts) -

womens powerlifting. Nothing inspires me to hit the weights as much as watching a 5 2 female power clean more than i ever have or prob ever will and im 5 11, 190 lbs

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#29 Posted by BoFooQ (980 posts) -

normally soccer, has far as something I watch normally throughout the year. However during the olympics as someone else said I love crazy stuff like curling, can never get enough curling. This year I've watched a few handball and field hockey games. Handball looks kind of like a game my friends and I would have played when we were little. Field hockey is kind of crazy, I have no idea what most of the rules are, but there are corner plays and the girls put masks on for protection. there are also some good looking women on the field hockey teams too, that always helps.

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#30 Posted by Evikull (67 posts) -

Table Tennis.

That shit gets CRAZY.

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#31 Posted by LangarN (138 posts) -

Handboll, So exiting!

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#32 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

@Skytylz said:

What are athletics? Is that just another name for sports and your saying they are all your favourite?

I believe athletics is all the track and field stuff that involves running, jumping, throwing or walking. All the javelin, high jump, 100m sprint sort of events are considered athletics.