With more than three dozen events taking place during the course of 17 days, it's difficult to find the time and motivation to watch all of them. Still, there are a few that require your viewership whether you're a diehard sports nut, or you only watch sporting events once every four years.
There are a total of 39 categories. A few of them—such as swimming and athletics—break down into several additional events. For example, track and field will produce 47 events alone, from sprints to hammer throws.
Let's be honest, you'd be quite the fanatic to catch every single minute of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
For those of you who don't have that kind of time, here are the seven events you must check out.