10 of the most watched Olympic Events
05 August 2008
The first to make the list is volleyball. Indoor volleyball is popular, but beach volleyball received astronomical numbers in the 2004 Olympics. On both the men's and women's side, the athletes dueled like gladiators in the sand, giving their blood, sweat and tears for their chance to stand on the podium. A fast-paced, exciting sport, volleyball will remain a top-watched sport for years to come.
The next is Basketball. A game formerly belonging to only the American's, Olympic Basketball is now up for grabs, with Spain and Greece trying to keep the USA from that gold medal.
The Men's 100m final goes by like a bolt of lightening. With some of the world's fastest young men running this short race, eyes need to be fixated on the television or you're bound to miss the winner.
Year after year, gymnastics make the list as one of the most watched events during the Olympic Games. Young girls start training as soon as they can walk, giving all they can in hopes of walking away with the gold. Fans appreciate the effort and athleticism, and return the favor in the form of good ratings.
With increasing danger, Equestrian events make a surprising appearance as a most-watched. With the highest injury and death toll of any other Olympic event, these brave riders captivate an audience - maybe for all the wrong reasons.
This sport is projected to be among the most-watched this coming year. Men's Tennis is talked about on every sports channel nationwide. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal starring for their respective countries, we're bound to see a rematch of Wimbledon.
The Triathlon has a place in many viewers' hearts. As a grueling test of endurance, athletes are pushed to the limit in swimming, cycling, and running.
Swimming events rank high on the list as well. Whether it's the relay, backstroke, freestyle, or marathon, fans seem to love watching their favorite athletes dart through the water.
It may not be an actual event, but it's the glue that holds the entire Olympic Games together. The Opening Ceremony with the lighting of the torch has drawn in more views than any 2 events combined over the last few Olympics. It's something that every nation in the world can root for.
Wrestling hangs on to make the list. This isn't the WWE, with fake battle-cries and makeup. These ultimate warriors use brute strength and pure skill to pin opponents and score points.
Tags: olympic games, gymnastics, indoor volleyball, basketball, 100m sprint, opening ceremony,
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