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2012 Olympics 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
95 27
Athletics (Track and Field) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Athletics (Track and Field)
2
94 27
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
3
77 28
Beach Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
4
84 33
Artistic gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
5
62 40
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
6
59 38
Diving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
7
45 27
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Tennis
8
47 30
Triathlon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
9
55 39
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Basketball
10
45 31
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Archery
11
34 22
Road Cycling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Road Cycling
12
41 29
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
13
37 26
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Rowing
14
39 28
Weightlifting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Weightlifting
15
40 31
Track cycling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
16
31 23
Indoor Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Indoor Volleyball
17
35 29
Field hockey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
18
35 32
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Table Tennis
19
35 32
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
20
32 29
Handball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
21
29 26
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Kayaking
22
28 25
Modern pentathlon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
23
41 39
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
24
31 29
Equestrian Jumping is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Equestrian Jumping
25
29 27
Shooting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Summer Olympic Games Event
Shooting