One of the best things about the Summer Olympics is how they can serve as a great learning experience for even the most diehard of sports fans.
The Olympics are the sports world equivalent of a melting pot. They are a place where very popular and widely known sports, such as basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis, share space with lesser known sports and events.
This diversity is part of what makes the Olympics the spectacle that they are and why millions tune in every four years for a sports experience like no other.
The big sports will get all the attention at the 2012 Olympics, and they should. Speculation as to whether the 2012 US men's basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team (they couldn't, by the way) will persist.
But there are plenty of sports and events that few have probably even heard of, let alone really understand. Nevertheless, these events contain all the thrills and drama that sports fans crave.
Here, then, are five under-the-radar events that everyone should watch.