QUICK QUESTION: Which Summer Olympics Events Do You Get Overly Obsessed With?

Guys, it's happening again: The every-four-years hot weather time-suck known as the Summer Olympics has returned! Not a complaint: The Olympics are really fun. They're well-packaged and exciting, and best of all: They END. That last part is important because of how straight-up addictive the Olympics can be. As someone who doesn't follow sports with any kind of regularity, I get completely sucked in by sporting events that haven't even crossed my mind in THREE YEARS. Swimming? Obviously. Ladies' gymnastics? Sure. Ping-pong? Bring it on. Not only will I get completely invested in specific athletes, I'll be checking scores and results on the internet all day. I get Olympics fever BAD and the only cure is more Bob Costas. Right?

Below are the things most likely to suck me in for the next few weeks. Do YOU get overly obsessed with specific Olympics events, too?



Women's Gymnastics


What is it about women's gymnastics that is so captivating? Even though we usually come into the games with very little working knowledge about the individual athletes, by the end we feel like we've watched a Dream Team assemblage of superstars flipping and prancing around a zero-gravity zone. Perhaps there's a bit of a freakish appeal at work here too: These grown women occasionally look like buff children and it's hard not to imagine the intense psychodrama playing out between parents, coaches, and other upper-echelon personalities behind the scenes. Think Black Swan with thicker necks. I don't know, you guys. It's just fascinating. Men's Gymnastics is pretty interesting too, but it's nowhere near the magical weirdness of the ladies' competition.



Swimming


Duh. While the actual act of swimming is not the most TV-friendly athletic competition, it's crazy how tense these races can get! The results are so close that medals are basically determined via computer touchpad. You could lose by .001 seconds and it could all be because you missed a spot while shaving the back of your calf, you know? Aerodynamics.



Track & Field


All right, let's be real, these people are all just trying to outrun their demons. Haha just kidding, they are elite athletes. (But come on, don't you think at least some of them being chased by ghosts? It's a statistical certainty!)



Synchronized Swimming


What are you even DOING, you delightful water pixies??



Rowing


I love how mad rowers look when they're competing. I also love the tiny people who sit in the front of the boat yelling at everybody. See, picked-on nerds really DO inherit the earth.



Water Polo


Water polo is a lot like soccer but it's WAY wetter. Also there are bonnets. Okay let's be real, I probably think about water polo even when the Olympics aren't happening. Why isn't there a specialty cable channel devoted to only this sport? BRB gonna write a letter to the president.



Tennis


I love tennis, deal w/it.



Table Tennis


Guys!! I CALL NEXT GAME.


YOUR TURN! What Summer Olympic events do YOU get overly into?

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Judo! \/

Handball, swimming and Tennis are fun to watch too.

I also like Gymnastics, but missed most of it this year.
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water polo? I mean, reallly??? and I was wondering who would watch that:) for me it is all sorts of gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic, whatsoever), trampoline, all versions of swimming, diving, athletics and with this olimpics I discovered I truly enjoy watching weight lifting:)
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Beach volleyball and the track and field ones.
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how come that picture of Rafael Nadal isn't a meme yet?
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I hate the olympics. There, I said it.
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YES! So I'm not the only one who gets crazy obsessed with the Summer Olympics?! Good to know! I don't know what it is but every four years I get excited. Super excited. Olympic commercials about human spirit and proud mamas get me pumped and/or misty eyed. That swell of pride and patriotism consumes me (more so than usual) for a month. My eyes light up like a kid at the candy store. I get more excercise in that month than I do the other 3 yrs and 11 months because I'm that inspired. It's. Magical.



-Gymnastics. Since I was a wee one it's always been about gymnastics. The women mostly but the men as well. It literally is the most mesmerizing thing to watch for me. I aspired to be there as a kid.

-Swimming. Admittedly I didn't become as obsessed with swimming until the introduction of the glorious Michael Phelps. I've been a Swimming fan ever since.

-Track&Field...they have heart like nobody's business. Also something I grew up watching every four years.
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Judo (Teddy Riner = ), fencing (Escrime) and of course athletics
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Any guy saying that he is not excited to watch beach volleyball is lying
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running

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Well since I am Russian I absolutely enjoy rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming, but in terms of real excitement and awesomeness athletics and especially 100m and 4x100 - those are the ones I always look forward too. Also the 15000m race where it is usually between Ethiopia and Kenya at the end...like HOW do they do that!
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Not a big fan of summer Olympics; I prefer winter for hockey. But I do enjoy watching English football (soccer).
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I do love swimming!!!! I number one of this sports!!! Go Philippines
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Gymnastics indeed, especially rhythmics, fabulous. And yeah of course swimming too, that's always exciting! I also like to watch diving, tennis, synchronized swimming, canoeing and athletics. I'll probably watch some hockey and basketball too, just as much as possible :)
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A couple of sports catch my attention each time. In 2008 it was swimming and beach volleyball.
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US Women's Soccer all the way!! Love that team so much.
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I'm Canadian so I don't really care about the summer Olympics. It's all about the winter for me.
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Synchronized Toast Buttering, the Bong Throw, and the 100-meter Shaming!
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GYMNASTICS!!!!!!!!! (Though as a former gymnast myself, that's probably not surprising). I too LOVE tennis! And with the Phelps and the Lochte dominating, how can you not watch swimming? And Track & Field should be shown on TV all year 'round.
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The diving, or more specifically the size of the splash.
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I will watch everything I can or at least bits of everything and concentrate on what is most interesting. Other things I FF my DVR and watch it quickly pausing if it seems interesting.
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Only thing I'm watching is the football, so I'm glad they've brought it back in (first time since the 60's). Watching Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, and Great Britain.
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Disciplines were Germans can win like rowing, swimming, hockey and cycling.
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I get into whatever sport my country participates. OK, we don't get very far usually but when we do it's awesome. Here's me hoping for 4, 5 gold medals this year. Go Argentina!
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As someone who works with horses for a living I'll give you three guesses. Mostly I love watching them ride and having my childhood pipe dream come back that one day I'll be there with them.
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This Summer Olympics I'll try to get into everything there's a Portuguese athlete on it.



Besides that I'll get into:

1 - Everything that is swimming against the clock, except for long distances as I get kind of bored of watching someone swimming 1000m+ non stop.

2 - Basketball

3 - Badminton

4 - Usain Bolt!



I think that's it. But it can be more, depending on what I happen to catch on TV.



I do like watching the Summer Olympics, but I also agree it's nice it ends and it's only once every 4 years.

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NOOOO, NOT HERE AS WELL!! As a UK resident I've been doing my darndest to avoid all things olympics (not an easy task!). This was one of my safe havens... Was....
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I'll agree with you on that, unfortunately I gave my TV away last year, so I'm unable to miss watching :-)

I'll probably so something more constructive, like knitting fog.
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I'm totally into gymnastics!
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I'm just looking forward to more speeches by Boris 'Best Mayor in the World' Johnson
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It used to be BASEBALL and WOMENS SOFTBALL but now its SYNCRONIZED REALITY SHOW VIEWING!!!!

I love subjective scoring, its SOOOOOOOO fair!!!!
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As someone with a past in track and field, that's what excites me the most. Mainly middle and long distance running events. Now if only they could return to the glory days of the Ancient Olympic Games, when all the athletes were naked.



I also hope that in the future new combined events would be introduced, for example:

- 100m long jump (a 100m take-off before the long jump), or

- Swimming events with hurdles (one has to push herself over hurdles while swimming), or

- Gymnastic football (each goal can only be scored after a choreographed routine of tumbles, turns and leaps)
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I'm an athletics fan myself, but you have to explain me something: what is the appeal in the long distance running events? At least in the first 10 or 20 laps they switch to the field events, otherwise it's just not very exciting to me.



Hehe, I like your combined events, I would go for trampoline high jump.
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I would so watch a trampoline high jump event. That's as LEAST as much of a sport as ping pong.
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If you think that there's anything about table tennis that gives you a reason to suggest that it shouldn't even be considered a sport, you have no idea what you're talking about.
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I guess it's not something you can explain. I know most people find them extremely boring to watch, but when you've done them yourself, you know the big names, and what it takes to run the distances, you appreciate them more. There are many events I'm not going to watch while others find them really interesting. Wrestling, for example, is to me really boring. (Even though they do have women's freestyle nowadays. That I might have to check out.)

But it is true as you said that during for example 10000m, the first 20 laps are kind of a warm-up which you just have to endure, and the actual race and tactical moves happens only during the five last laps.
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I like watching swimming and gymnastics.. and diving sometimes, but I don't get as into it. I catch whatever track and field might be on but some of them make no sense to me.. like who cares who can run a short distance the fastest? that only would come in handy is you're trying to outrun a predator with ADD... but how funny is the speed walking 'race'? haha. I also find the trampoline oddly entertaining. I don't really see why the equestrian stuff is labeled a sport when all you're doing is riding a horse, it does all the work.
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Oh man, don't even get me started on the whole running thing... Drives me insane EVERY TIME. Here I am, trying to catching some of the jumps or my all-time favourites pole vaulting and javelin, and I'm lucky if they condescend to at least give us the results. Not only do they show every bloody second of every bloody run, but they show the athletes before the run, after the run and then repeat it from at least five different angles, only to switch to more running, with flowers and flags this time.... Grr...
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My cats love tennis. I love hot dudes in really tiny swimsuits that NO OTHER MAN should attempt to wear ever.
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diving!
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Basketball! Go team Lithuania
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I'm not necessarily a Lithuania fan, but I'll be watching their games whenever I can this Olympics for Jonas Valanciunas.
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I tend to like the team sports like soccer (football) and ice hockey (obviously winter Olympics), but I will tune in to just about anything besides equestrian, table tennis, and synchronized swimming. Even for those I'll check the results, though.
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Price, here's an article featuring helpful GIFs to teach non-gymnastics people about the USA ladies team: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/07/get-know-your-us-gymnastics-team-through-gifs/54125/



And here's the same kind of article featuring Team USA's main competition: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/07/gif-guide-us-gymnastics-teams-biggest-rivals/54407/



Are you going to do photo recaps of the magical ladies competition? I hope you do! I think yours would probably be more entertaining and in better taste than most of the reviews by the gymnastics online 'fandom'. From what I've seen they are incredibly nasty, snobby and like to create drama where there is none.
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I am Olympics crazy!!! My all-time obsessive favorites are diving and gymnastics. I also like synchro swimming, trampoline, ribbon dance, archery, track & field, and volleyball!
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Everyone gets obsessed with the Olympics, even myself, I've been waiting for since the last one ended lol..cant wait till tomorrow, specially with that good womens soccer match between the U.S and France...



Gymnastics, Swimming and Beach Volleyball are def my favorites but ill pretty much watch all the events i can...
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I love the Olympics!

I try to watch everything, specially when there's a Brazilian envolved...

I'm not a fan of the track and field thing.... barely watch it.

I'm crazy about men's volleyball, and I love to watch the jumping horses competition.

I'm looking forward too to the 50m swiming free style (hopefully Cezar Cielo will win)
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Awww, a mouse and his teddybear! You might have the most precious icon image ever!! That's just adorable.
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Fencing and soccer!! LET"S DO THIS!
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Tennis. And Rafael Nadal withdrew from the 2012 Olympics, so maybe you should change that picture.
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Fed fan?
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Absolutely! Fed and Djoker =)
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Basketball is the sport I'll definitely find the most entertaining.



I WANT to be overly obsessed with fencing and Taekwondo. Not sure why...

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Rowing (because they aren't mad they are in pain and coxswains steer and coach xD), diving, gymnastics, equestrian (eventing), kayaking (salom)
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Modern pentathlon, Trampoline, Water polo
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Just about anything. I just love the Olympics. And of course, the Gymnastics more that anything. Go Gabby! Danell Leyva on the mens side is great. Check out his Qualifying High Bar. Amazing.
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Wow. I won't know any of their names until halfway through the competition!
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Basketball, Swimming, Soccer Final, Track & Field and Table Tennis.
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bobsledding. Oh wait, thats 2 years from now. But that's it!
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Gymnastics,Swimming and syncronised swimming

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Archery and pretty much anything with horsies. I can't watch rowing w/o thinking of The Skulls. Great movie.
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I don't think you'd be so "obsessed" if you actually lived in the host country right now. It's ridiculous how much it's shoved down our throats. I, for one, will be glad when it's over.
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In my case, that will happen 4 years from now...

The worst is to hear every single day about FIFA World Cup and Confederation Cup... :0P
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