2012 Olympics: 3 Under-the-Radar Events Sports Fans Will Love
The 2012 Summer Olympics are a little over three months away. And, contrary to popular belief, there are more events to look forward to than swimming.
Truthfully, it’s impossible to blame Olympic fans—especially Americans—for being so fond of swimming. Especially after Michael Phelps set an Olympic record in 2008 with eight gold medal victories.
But, there are way too many events to get hooked on just one.
Here are the three under-the-radar events that fans will fall in love with.
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There will be shots fired at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.
It will be on purpose, too.
The shooting event at this year’s Olympics will begin on July 28, and last for a week.
Men and women both compete in the event, which determines the accuracy and speed for each shooter.
The weapons used are a rifle, pistol and shotgun.
An interesting note for these 2012 Olympic games: According to Wikipedia, the pistols used in the shooting competition are illegal in England, Scotland, and Wales.
A “special dispensation”—or, exemption from a rule—had to be granted by the UK government so the events could take place.
China and the United States should, again, go head-to-head for the medal lead in this event (there are 15 total shooting competitions within the event).
Even if you are like me, and can’t stand hunting, the shooting event at the Summer Olympics will be something not to miss.
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It’s impossible to argue against diving being on this list.
What is cooler than men and women diving into a pool from a height of 10 meters (or 32.8 feet for those of us who don’t understand the metric system)?
This summer, both men and women will compete in four diving events: three-meter springboard, synchronized three-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, and synchronized 10-meter platform.
The United States will be looking to rebound from their 2008 performance when they won zero diving medals.
On the other hand, China is looking to repeat their seven gold medal performance. In total, China won 11 diving medals in 2008 (one silver and three bronze).
There’s no doubt anybody would be missing out on excitement if they don’t watch the diving events in 2012.
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No, this is not the fake WWE wrestling that a lot of people have become familiar with over the years.
This is the real deal.
Olympic wrestling is split into two disciplines—Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
The difference between the two disciplines is pretty simple.
In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors can’t use their legs to attack or defend. Whereas in Freestyle wrestling, also known as collegiate wrestling in America, the legs can be used.
Aside from being split into two disciplines, wrestling is also split into different weight classes.
There are seven different men's weight classes in Freestyle wrestling, and four different men's weight classes in Greco-Roman wrestling.
The women have four different Freestyle wrestling weight classes, and three different Greco-Roman wrestling weight classes.
Although wrestling was the favorite event of the ancient Olympic games, the modern Olympic wrestling was not introduced until 1904.
According to SI.com, there are two gold medal favorites for Americans to watch in 2012—Jordan Burroughs and Henry Cejudo, who won a gold medal in 2008.
There is no reason for Olympic fans not to check out both men's and women's wrestling. These are some of the best, most conditioned athletes in the world.