Favourite/least favourite olympic sports

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  1. tvbox

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    Curious to hear your opinions.

    What is your favourite? (except for athletics of course)
    What is your least favourite?

    I like the racket sports (badminton, pingpong) but not too keen on how tennis is in there as quite a few of the big players (e.g Nadal) disregard Olympic tennis and focus on the grand stands. Same with football. In addition, there are already wellknown world tournaments for football and tennis. I had a good hollering at my family for watching football and tennis, sports that are on all the time, and to watch the 'rare' sports that only come every 4 years. I did watch the RF vs AM tennis final though (it was clear that RF let Andy off, after beating him in wimbledon)
    And a new one to me, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics are quite nice. Along with volleyball.

    Least favourites- handball, water polo, synchronised swimming, football.
     
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    Favorite was the cycling & least was the fencing
     
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    Favorite was Gymnastics, the skill and strength these gymnasts have is just amazing.

    The one I thought looked most ridiculous has to be Handball. Just why bother?
     
  4. tvbox

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    +1 . Sometimes when you tune in and someone really amazing is on, when the scores come up it turns out that he/she is in like 5th place. Makes you wonder who is 1st.
     
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    Favourite - mens cross-country mountain biking

    Least favourite - sailing
     
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    Must say the BMX had good entertainment value.
    Handball was quite good actually, didnt think id like it but was surprised at how fast paced it was.

    Didnt like basketball, water polo and that silly fast walking event they do.
     
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    A few times my jaw just dropped. Beth Tweddle on the uneven bars during the womens team qualifiers was amazing, I was like :eek: :rotfl: So fast and skillful.

    And did you see the Dutch bloke who got a gold medal on the horizontal bar thingy? Just :eek::eek:

    London Olympics 2012- Epke Zonderland on Mens...
     
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    Baseon on a few people on here's Wimbledon comments at the time, I bet they were watching that Final crying through their fingers :D
     
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    I enjoyed most things really. Particularly cycling and gymnastics. BMX was good but quite unpredictable and a lot seemed to be down to luck and not getting taken down. Didn't really see much difference in the skill levels.

    I really don't get the dressage though, and training horses to dance to me shouldn't be an Olympic event. Showjumping fine but not keen on dressage.

    The sailing was a little boring especially as from the air you couldn't really see what they were doing and from sea level its hard to perceive distances.

    Handball was surprisingly ok if you actually watched a match.
     
  10. loz

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    :confused: Nadal was the reigning Olympic champion and only pulled out of London due to injury saying ""It is one of the saddest moments of my career." and was due to be the Spanish Flag bearer...

    So with Federer, Murray and Djokovic all there and Nadal injured, and all of whom competed in Beijing, which of the big players disregard Olympic tennis exactly?
     
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    Very little can touch the Velodrome for spectacle. The speed, the closely fought nature of the events and the fact that team GB seem to be morphing into the light cyclists from Tron made it awesome to watch.

    Least favourite- football probably. I've nothing against the sport but the Olympic alterations to the team makeup essentially make it like watching a less proficient World Cup. Perhaps tellingly, it was the only event of 2012 I made no effort to see any of.
     
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    I dislike those events where you can't really tell what's going on.

    Fencing, wrestling, judo etc. Are all quite difficult for the casual observer to know what is a score or not - It all happens so fast.

    I really enjoyed the archery where the matches were very quick, we're full of tension and suspense and had a very quick turnover.

    I also really enjoyed the track cycling, BMX and surpringly the beach volleyball.

    However, for me it's all about the athletics - I can watch pretty much anything track and field.
     
  13. loz

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    Same here, I couldn't even be bothered to watch Team GB play football.

    But even my wife is dead keen to go watch some track cycling now
     
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    favourite: women's beach volleyball.
    least favourite: basketball
     
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    I'm always glued to the cycling, athletics and swimming so...

    New favourite: Handball

    Least favourite: Tennis

    I'm sure Golf will be my least favourite at the the Rio games.
     
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    Tough to pick a favourite. I enjoyed most of them.

    Least favourite or I should say had no place was the football and tennis. If the tennis had been, lets say, under 18s then it would have been more interesting than watching the same old dominate - pointless.

    Most confusing was the boxing. It seemed the fights I watched were won by the right fighter but trying to work out how they score it was impossible. Good shots would be landed all through the round and the score would be 5-3 when it looked like it should have been 15-13.
     
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    I just can't get to grips with judo scoring. I loved it of course, but I didn't have a clue as to what was going on.
    But I loved the dressage. Again, I didn't know what was going on, but it was a great spectacle.

    Phil
     
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    I liked it when they asked Lennox Lewis how the countback worked, and he basically said don't ask me I am as mystified as anyone...
     
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    Like has already been said above, I don't think football and tennis should have been in and I found them both boring so only watched them in very small doses. The rest was all good or very good.

    Commentator/presenters - I thought Gary Lineker was superb as was the bloke who did the track-side interviews. Michael Johnson was excellent and always interesting and a very decent person. Gaby was also very good. But I thought Inverdale came across as a smarmy git and didn't seem to know what he was on about.
     
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    I thought that Clare Balding was also excellent.

    Phil
     
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    Yes I forgot about her :)
     
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    I was there for that, it was the best thing I saw at the Olympics, mind blowing. There was alot of dutch in the arena too unfortunately the majority of them left after seeing him win gold. £300 a seat and they don't stay to watch the womens floor final, madness.

    I think my favourite was the cycling, we were lucky enough to go to the test event (world championships or world cup I forget) in the velodrome and it was amazing, no luck getting tickets for the olympics though but that's something shared with 99% of people.

    surprise for me was handball, it was fast paced, high scoring, quite brutal and really exciting. We saw Denmark play Sweden and it was fantastic.

    My least favourite is the bum wiggling (walking) I really don't understand the point of it as a sport at all and it's a long and boring event. To me it's like having a second long jump event but tieing peoples hands behind their backs. Who can go farthest or fastest with some pointless restriction in place, weird.

    Not keen on dressage either

    my least favourite event that I saw live was the mens gymnastics trampoline, while some of it is amazing, the fact you have to be silent for 60+ seconds at a time led to a poor atmosphere and it's very difficult to know how people have done, My wife and I could both tell the Chinese athlete (dong dong hehe) was better than everyone else and that the Italian athlete was worst (mr windmil we called him as his arms were all over the place) I had little to no idea about the others.
     
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    Fav: gymnastics, velodrome, swimming, diving and the athletics races

    Least fav: football (at the Olympics it just seems so meh) and men's volleyball
     
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    Yes I forgot about the long distance mincing event, I hate that too. According to Jack Dee it's not a sport it's just a bunch of air stewards on a protest march :laugh:
     
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    Favourite: women's beach volleyball.
    Least favourite:Mens 100M final.
     
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    Interesting:
    BMX (loved it as a kid and made me want to buy a new BMX)
    Synchronised swimming (the wife used to do it so made me watch it and it was impressive)
    Handball
    Gymnastics
    Used to play badminton at club level but it didn't seem as good as other times ive been to see it
    Archery made me want to take it up. Ive always fancied it but those bows look a bit expensive! Maybe i could take out the bloody skyrats (pigeons) with an arrow? :)

    Crap:
    Fencing
    Shooting (too fast with skeet and with air pistol it takes ages between shots)
    Yachting
    Basketball – its just a boring sport IMO
    Water polo – struggled to see what was going on so always flicked over – with 25 channels in HD to watch there was always something better on.
    Anything horsey. Im not poncey enough to find it interesting :)
    Beach volleyball – the women actually aren't that fit compared to other sports and it was a bit boring to

    watch. Normal volleyball was much better IMO

    on a side note. Im growing my hair (mid life crisis? Hehe) and noticed that if i don't do it it looks the same as Clare Balding! Eek! Still, she is barely womanly is she? :)
     
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    I have to admit I only watched a minute at the most of Handball, maybe I should have given it more of a chance after the few positive comments here.

    There were lots of other sports I completely dismissed too, Tennis, Sailing, mincing etc. Golf will be dismissed in Rio by me.

    I think my favourite part of the olympics really if I'm completely honest was all the womens bums in tight lycra/tiny pants. Never seen so many perfectly formed bottoms. And they appeared right across the board.
     
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    I loved the cycling (both velodrome and road, not so much the mountain biking or BMX). Also enjoyed the beach volleyball (men and women!) as having experienced how bloody difficult it is to jump and run on sand I thought they were excellent. Surprisingly I also enjoyed the diving (that Brit ex-Olympian who was doing the expert analysis really knew his stuff). Athletics...well, it's a given isn't it...Pentathlon, and the sprints, and 5/10k, but no so keen on throwing and jumping.

    Worst...football and tennis shouldn't be there, as many have said, same goes for basketball...I didn't watch a single minute of any of those three sports. Also not big into sailing/rowing.
     
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    I also enjoyed beach volleyball and normal volleyball. Basketball wasn't too bad to watch for me when GBR played, They always lost by narrow margins, but women's basketball was awful.

    I'm not too keen on cycling, and so I didn't get to see track/road but BMX is interesting to watch. I didn't touch wrestling or boxing, but I wish Sumo wrestling was in there. At least they're fun to watch and they don't

    I will be watching Golf in Rio. I also loved the jumping and throwing events in athletics too, infact more so than running!

    In terms of tennis, I did watch doubles and mixed doubles as the spotlight isn't on them as much in other competitions.
     
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    Track cycling was my favourite by a distance, have loved it for years and the two consecutive dominant displays at the Olympics has strengthened that.

    I ride horses a bit (my wife is way better) and enjoyed the show jumping. We took our 18 month old daughter to see the cross country and she loved it. She never shows any interest in tv but now if a horse comes on screen she goes loopy! Dressage doesn't really light my fire although I can appreciate the huge skill required, plus the horses were beautiful. Oh and I don't believe we are a poncey family because we like horse events :)

    I couldn't get excited about the sailing but huge kudos goes to Ben Ainsley for what he has achieved over the years.

    Most of all, I was properly chuffed for all the athletes who got medals after receiving most attention pre-tournament (Ennis, Daley et al). Huge pressure and expectation, most would have crumbled.

    Most annoyed by all the people watching from their armchairs and criticising people like Rebecca Adlington for "only" getting a bronze. Maybe they should show us how it's done in 2016!

    Least exciting event for me was probably fencing, plus most of the throwing field events.
     

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