In order of interest:
- Swimming - I think these events interest me the most mainly because I was a swimmer in high-school. I understand the different strokes and the nuances of the sport.
- Gymnastics - I love gymnastics because it is something I always wished I could do, but other than taking a few lessons at the YMCA when I was young, I never developed a talent for it.
- Diving - To me, diving is like a combination of swimming and gymnastics, and I find it so much fun to watch. I love seeing the size of the splash (or lack thereof) and the different flips that they do.
- Track (the short events) - I love watching the short (like 100 meter) events. It amazes me that someone can run a distance like that in only 10 seconds. While I'm not a runner (I'm more of one of those joggers who's about to fall down in the middle of the street), I love the sprinting events!
We were on vacation the main week that the Olympics was on TV, so we ended up watching quite a bit, and it made vacation a lot of fun. We all enjoyed watching the same (and a few different) sports, so it made it fun to root for the USA.
While other sports don't make my top-4 list, I also enjoy watching tennis, water polo, rowing, cycling, and volleyball (indoor and beach).
I could honestly care less about watching Basketball in the Olympics. I watch it during regular season and it's all the same people so I don't need to watch it now. Plus, I find it very difficult to root for the USA when Lebron James is on that team. Just Sayin'. Also, there are just some events that I have never gotten into, like synchronized swimming, badminton, archery, and field hockey. While I don't dislike the sport, I just am not into them.
What are your favorite Summer Olympic Sports? Do you have any fun Olympic Traditions??
PS - What did you think of the USA Swimming's rendition of Call Me Maybe??