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Olympics 2012 The Best Summer Olympic Games Event  

Pedro Cerrano
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List Rules Current Olympic sports only

The best summer Olympic Games events are those cant-miss sports at the Summer Olympics. Whether the event is a popular sport with well-known athletes or simply fun to watch, each offers something different for viewers and fans alike. Which Summer Olympics sport is the absolute best? Vote for your favorites and re-rank this list your way below!

For Americans, basketball is often the most-followed sport at the Summer Olympics not to mention a highly popular sport nationally. It helps that the U.S. Men's Basketball Team roster is made up of some of the best and most beloved stars of the NBA. Only once since the sport was added to the Olympics did the United States team not bring home a medal in basketball but in 1980 they didn't even compete as one of many nations to boycott the games.

Recently however other events have been capturing the attention of fans with so many inspirational stories. Viewers were glued to the swimming lanes in 2008 when Michael Phelps set numerous Olympic records and brought home eight gold medals. As a bonus, the sport also happens to include hot male swimmers and some of the hottest women in the Olympic team.

The best summer Olympic Games event is often a matter if preference for the fans watching around the world, but for the athletes competing, it's their chance at being named the best on the planet in their discipline. So whether your favorite sport is gymnastics, beach volleyball, track and field or soccer, the Summer Olympics provides a bit of something for everyone with each event both entertaining and fulfilling the dreams of athletes around the world.

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1
93 26
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

2
93 27
Athletics (Track and Field) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Athletics (Track and Field)

3
77 27
Beach Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

4
83 33
Artistic gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

5
58 37
Diving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

6
61 40
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

7
44 27
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Tennis

8
55 38
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Basketball

9
46 30
Triathlon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

10
34 21
Road Cycling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Road Cycling

11
41 28
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

12
44 31
Archery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Archery

13
37 25
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Rowing

14
39 27
Weightlifting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Weightlifting

15
40 29
Track cycling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

16
31 21
Indoor Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Indoor Volleyball

17
35 27
Field hockey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

18
35 30
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Table Tennis

19
35 30
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

20
28 23
Modern pentathlon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

21
41 37
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

22
29 25
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Kayaking

23
31 28
Handball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

24
29 26
Shooting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Shooting

25
30 29
Equestrian Jumping is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Equestrian Jumping

26
38 38
Synchronized Swimming is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Synchronized Swimming

27
30 31
Freestyle wrestling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

28
23 24
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event

29
23 24
Mountain Biking is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Mountain Biking

30
26 28
BMX is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
BMX

31
25 28
Judo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Judo

32
27 32
Taekwondo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Taekwondo

33
24 29
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Badminton

34
25 31
Trampoline is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Trampoline

35
23 29
Greco-Roman Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Greco-Roman Wrestling

36
24 34
Rhythmic Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Rhythmic Gymnastics

37
22 32
Sailing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Sailing

38
19 30
Equestrian Eventing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Equestrian Eventing

39
19 36
Equestrian Dressage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Equestrian Dressage