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Let's face it, there are a huge amount of Olympic sports that nobody understands but everyone watches, because they recognise that they are watching the very best at what they do.
Sports that you would not walk across the road to watch under normal circumstances become something else completely when the Olympics come around.
Take dressage for example.
At its most basic, it can only be described as horses dancing for rich people.
But when the Olympics come around, it becomes this almost mythical contest that can captivate entire audiences who wonder where the best part of the day has just disappeared.
The same can be said about sailing, high diving, BMX racing and synchronised swimming for God's sake. However, if there is a medal at stake, we can become experts in a matter of minutes and break down exactly where our heroic athlete went wrong on the way to losing or where they went right on the way to immortality.
For instance, I don't for one second imagine that archery is a hugely popular sport in the US. Obviously, given the sheer size of the country, hundreds of thousands of people must compete in the sport, but did you know that at one stage archery was the No. 1 watched Olympic sport in America?
The Hunger Games and #NBCFail has a lot to answer for. But yes, the sport as an Olympic spectacle was, at times, nothing less than spectacular.
We go back to the equestrian games at the Olympics. Over 50,000 people packed in every day to watch the "dancing" or show jumping or some other horse based sport I can barely remember. In short, equestrian sports were a monster success.
The same can be said about the sailing, the fencing, judo and even the final pentathlon, which seemed to combine every single sport I've named so far.
And each and every time the viewing was brilliant.
It provided Sport, and I use a capital letter on purpose, and its ultimate level. Competition so raw that tears were shed whether the athletes won or lost or whether they had beaten their own personal bests, or not.
Because not every athlete goes to an Olympics to compete against the field. Most go to compete against them selves and against their own greatest enemy—the mind.
I think we recognise that, and I think that is why we cheer sports that we wouldn't normally watch. We know that the athletes on view deserve our respect, we know they have poured every inch of their fibre into qualifying for the games and we know that they will spend every inch of that fibre for just one more inch.
Respect. That's why we watch. Respect.