Olympic Games 2012: 4 Countries That Failed to Dominate 'Specialty' Events

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Olympic Games 2012: 4 Countries That Failed to Dominate 'Specialty' Events
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The Olympic Games bring attention to sports that don't receive mainstream publicity normally. That is one of the beauties of the event: It brings sports we are not accustomed to watching front and center on the world stage.

It also allows us to associate certain countries as favorites in some of these "specialty" sports. More often than not, these countries tend to dominate the sport and usually don't have too many competitors. There is normally a longstanding rival and a strong competitor with an outside shot at winning.

The 2012 Olympic Games saw a lot of the usual suspects live up to their expectations. South Korea had a very strong performance in archery while the Chinese cleaned up in badminton and table tennis.

There were also some countries that have not lived up to their Olympic Games traditions. Some of these countries were noticeably missing from their traditional spots when the medals were handed out in London.

Here are four countries that didn't perform to their expectations in "specialty" events.

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