What's the World's Ultimate Sporting Event?

Joe MacDonaldAnalyst IMay 1, 2009

SAPPORO, JAPAN - MARCH 18: Turin Winter Olympic Games gold medalist Felix Gottwald of Austria comes to the finish point followed by the Nordic Combined champion Hannu Manninen of Finland during the 10 km cross country of the FIS World Cup Nordic Combined 2006 on March 18, 2006 in Sapporo, Japan. Gottwald came first in this cross country. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

According to vancouver2010.com, I'm a mere 287 days from realizing one of my sporting dreams. 

On Feb. 12, 2010 I'll be arriving in Vancouver for ten glorious days as a spectator at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The event tickets have been purchased, the flight has been booked, and the hotel room has been reserved.

As I near my 46th birthday, I'm well past the age of wanting time to go by fast, but to say I'm excited about the trip would be a definite understatement.

I've always considered the Olympics to be sports ultimate event and it's held a prominent place on my bucket list for many, many years.  But finally getting a chance to realize one of my sporting fantasies made me wonder. What do you consider the world's greatest sporting event?  If you had to choose just one event what would it be?

There are so many possible choices.  This Saturday, for instance, we have what's been described by many as the most exciting two minutes in sports, The Kentucky Derby, a personal must-see event on my calendar. And just a few weeks ago, we had the ultimate event on the golf schedule, The Masters, another annual tradition high on my list.

Then of course we have the usual suspects—The Super Bowl if you are a football fan; the World Series if baseball is your game; the NBA Finals if your a basketball junkie and the Stanley Cup Finals if you're a hockey nut.

Or if you're a college sports enthusiasts, maybe you're dream experience would be a trip to the Final Four or tickets to the national championship football game.

And that's just the beginning.  Some may prefer the Daytona 500 or a trip to Indianapolis on the Memorial Day weekend.  Tea at Wimbledon might be nice as would a tour in the Alps during the staging of the Tour de France bicycle race. 

Or for the hardcore fan, how about a weekend at the X-Games or a long dog-sled ride during the Iditarod.  For runners, the Boston Marathon may be high on the list while others may prefer the intensity of a boxing or mixed martial arts championship bout. As I say, the possibilities are endless. 

So what's your ultimate sports experience?