Olympic Events You Should be Watching

Summer 2012 Olympic Events PreviewAs the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games draws near, excitement and anticipation are building around the world. Starting July 27, some of the most elite athletes will compete in a variety of events ranging from the familiar to the not-so-familiar.

We all know and love some of the popular events of the summer games (like swimming and gymnastics), but there are a lot more categories that deserve your attention and space on your DVR.  Below we’ve gathered some events you may not currently be watching, but most certainly should tune into this summer.

Dates and links to a more detailed schedule are listed for each event. Check your local listings for times.

Modern Pentathlon
This event packs a lot of bang for its buck – men and women compete in fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting and running during the Modern Pentathlon. This 100-year-old event is staged over a single day. Talk about challenging!

Medal Events: August 11 & 12

Canoe Slalom
If you’ve ever tried to paddle a canoe, you know it’s no easy task. Now add in white water rapids and a slalom course and you’ve got this Olympic event. Lots of action makes this a must-see event.

Medal Events: July 31, August 1-2

Table Tennis
Table Tennis may be more commonly known as ping pong, but I think that’s part of what makes this event so exciting to watch. It’s relatable, yet completely outrageous in comparison to the normal ping pong matches most of us are used to playing.

Medal Events: August 1-2, August 7-8

For anyone who has ever spent endless amounts of time jumping on the bed, this is the event for you. Two trampolines are set up side by side and competitors perform a series of 10 skill routines for the judges.

Medal Events: August 3-4

Which Olympic events will you be tuning into this year?

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One Response to Olympic Events You Should be Watching

  1. Rhys says:

    The 2012 Olympic Games are one of the most highly anticipated events on TV. I remember my mom made sure that we watched them whenever they were on growing up. I’ve come to discover that I’m an Olympic junkie and I’m pretty excited for things to get started tomorrow. I’ll be missing most of the games since I’ll be at work but speaking of DVRs, I just upgraded to the Hopper. The Hopper comes with 2 terabytes of space for recording which is fantastic. That’s four times more space than your average DVR. That way I won’t have to clear stuff off of my DVR right away. A Dish co-worker recommended it to me after she tried it for the show Once Upon A Time. I remember going to the 1996 Games in Atlanta and that was amazing! This summer I’m especially excited for the Canoe Slalom competition. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.