2012 Olympic Games: Underrated Events You Must Tune in to Watch

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 28, 2012

Photo Credit: gymnastics.about.com
Photo Credit: gymnastics.about.com

The 2012 London Olympics will feature various well-known events like basketball, gymnastics and swimming, but there are numerous underrated events to be seen this summer.

We all know the main draws at the Summer Games.

People love to watch the United States run roughshod all over the rest of the competitors. The world loves to watch Michael Phelps compete for gold after gold in the pool. Who doesn't enjoy watching the battle for the gold during the gymnastics competition?

There is much more to be had at the Summer Olympics, and we don't want you to miss any of it. Here are three underrated events that you can't afford to miss.



Judo is very similar to wrestling, but the objective is for one to throw their opponent to the ground and immobilize them to be awarded points.

Who doesn't like to watch a couple of people throw each other around?

The competitions began on Saturday, July 28, as the 60 kilogram male participants and the 48 kilogram female participants kick off the competition.

There will be judo every day until August 4, when the men's 100-plus kilogram participants and 78-plus kilogram women participants round out the event.

It's high-impact, explosive and it all happens in the blink of an eye. Not only do you have to tune in to this, but you need to have your eyes fixated on the television screen or you'll be sure to miss something important.



Remember when you used to head out to the backyard, hop up on that extremely dangerous trampoline without a net and try to do as many different combinations of flips and twists as you possibly could? 

Well, maybe if you would have practiced a bit more, you could have found yourself in London this summer competing for a gold medal in the trampoline event.

The men's trampoline event commences with the qualification round beginning on August 3, followed by the final less than two hours later. The women's event begins the next day on August 4.

If you're not sold yet, the participants will be soaring upwards of 30 feet in the air. What makes it so interesting is the danger involved in an athlete contorting his or her body in seemingly impossible ways.

Hopefully we'll be in for some entertaining competition without serious injuries.



If you miss the handball competition at the 2012 London Olympics, you had better be doing something of grave importance.

The women get it started on Saturday, July 28, followed by the men a day later. We'll then get our daily dose of both men and women's competition on alternating days up until the men's final on Sunday, August 12.

Those who watch won't be disappointed, unless they have a predisposition to feeling bad for people. If you do, try to close your eyes whenever a competitor fires a shot at the goalie. It really doesn't even seem fair to the person in the net.

Either way, it's fast-paced and a lot like soccer on a smaller scale...but competitors get to use their hands. Okay, it's not exactly soccer, but there's a lot more scoring, which is never a bad thing.

These guys aren't average Joe's either. They are impressive athletes who showcase their abilities throughout the entire game.

Take a look.