London 2012 Olympics: 9 Lesser-Known Olympic Events You Can't Afford to Miss

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London 2012 Olympics: 9 Lesser-Known Olympic Events You Can't Afford to Miss
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The buildup to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is finally over and the Games have officially begun. After a spectacular opening ceremony Friday night, the first events kicked off at about 3 a.m. eastern time in the United States.

It shouldn’t take much arm twisting to pique the interests of Olympic viewers when it comes to the more popular events like basketball, the track and field sprints and hurdles, men’s boxing, soccer, women’s volleyball and swimming.

Those events are dominated by many of the world’s most notable athletes and they usually provide the best Olympic drama.

However, if you peruse the schedule for the London Games closely, you’ll find some lesser-known events featuring a few of the world’s most accomplished Olympians, some of whom will be looking to make history during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since if you’re either too or too lazy to thumb through the jam packed, 16-day schedule yourself, here are nine under-the-radar Olympic events that you should definitely check out.

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