Most Popular Sports of the Olympic Games

The Top Ten Most Popular Sports of the Olympic Games

1 Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

This is the best sport to watch at the Olympic Games because their is a lot of high drama in this sport. For instance, Svetlana Khorkina was a diva at Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens. Athens was the games when she said that her all around win was stolen by Carly Patterson of the USA and thought that her win was a fixed. Then you have the talented stars like Oksana Chusovitina, who went to 7 olympics and 43 years old. She had a suffering story like when her son was diagnosed with leukemia and then at Beijing when she won that silver medal, she helped him to make sure he didn't have leukemia anymore.

This is the most beautiful sport to watch because there are actual routines planned for it. They are made to look lovely to watch, to show off athletic skill. A lot of Olympic sports are just a game, gymnastics is made to be a thrill to watch on purpose! I can't wait!

With other sports, you can try it out or do it casually like football, basketball, handball, swimming, etc. But you can't even pretend to do gymnastics casually unless you're trained for it. It's intense competition and they do it with grace and ease nonetheless

Gymnastics is the best Olympic sport because of the intensity. Sure, you can scream at your T.V. for a soccer player to make a goal, but you'd be fighting with it by watching gymnastics. Or maybe I'm just too big a fan.

2 Athletics

When people think of the Olympics they think of athletics. That's why closing and opening ceremonies are always held in the athletics ceremonies. I don't watch the Olympic for football, tennis, cricket etc because the Olympics is not the pinnacle of those sports, that's why the Olympics is all about athletics.

Track and field is no doubt the hardest event in the olympics. People talk more about gymnastics because the gymnasts look ridiculous and act like babies, but the real sport is track and field, minus the discus and hammer throw.

Seeing the fastest people in the world, pushing biological human limits is simply astounding.

Usain bolt gives it a good name

3 Aquatics

I'm a competitive swimmer, and I'm obsessed with swimming. #swimmerslife

Swimming is one of the most popular sports - if not the most popular sport in the Olympics simply because everyone can relate to swimming. Swimming is an easy sport to follow and to root for and everyone has swam before or seen someone swimming. Not to mention swimmers are super good looking and easy on the eyes!

The only sport I specifically tune in to watch is aiming. The gymnasts seem mediocre in the last few Olympic Games. I do like beach volleyball also.

Michael phelps best olympian of all time swimming is the greatest

4 Beach Volleyball Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. It has been an Olympic discipline since the 1996 Games.

Men love beach volleyball because of the skimpy outfit of the girls. They should wear proper athletic outfits, like the other Olympic athletes not bikinis. It looks unprofessional for the Olympics. It's OK for the beach, perhaps.

Without this ratings would lose a large demographic.

It sucks so bad

Kerri and April are the best beach ball players in the world

5 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Only sport that's good in summer, best over all is hockey. I mean really? It's the only sport in the summer olympics that anyone cares about besides the olympics

The best way Just like nba players in

The dream team was the funnest time to watch the olympics

U can't say that the dream team wasn't fun to watch

6 Weightlifting

It's just fantastic looking at 105+ category lifters' performance

I agree that this was the best


7 Volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

Good for building muscle and for competing!

It should be a televised sport every where

Every point is exciting. The best game in the olympics.

It's exiting and fun

8 Football (Soccer)

It's so amazing, everyone should play it.

Messi is best Go Argentina #Messi_is_best #Messi10

What his should be first

It's football

Not soccer

9 Cycling

Bicycles are real cool and very smart. The models vary depending on the trip ahead and there is always a difference for any type of obstacles the rider faces from model of chassis or ability of the area and useful speed changing depending on the landscape, Some obstacles are complete not possible without the right bicycle and sometimes even skill of the rider. There are many features such as speed change for different kinds of paths that work better than other. Winter can sometime be the hardest for a bicycle, also suspensions and seat plus the gears are all a part of the experience. High recommendation to invest in the bicycle and the many shapes, sizes as well that it might be available with at a vendor. The five major points outweigh other sports which are not smooth ahead as a bicycle can be. A beautiful creation to invest in those bicycles.

Cycling is a favorite, got 4 or 5 of them. Even reaches the Olympics as a contender. Many unique models which has biking even more so interesting. A good contraption, and has been proving that for a while now.

Cycling or Bicycles are intelligent and remain a great alternative over static or team sports.

No matter how many people are just too cute

10 Tennis Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

Its fun and it uses all your muscles in your body,

The Contenders

11 Rowing

So tough on the body but good for you.

12 Archery Archery is the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. The word comes from the Latin arcus.

Great sport. Requires the same amount of training but must keep adrenaline in check in order to aim and focus accurately.

Yes it was the best thing ever

Archery is an amazing sport, and is severely underestimated. I lovethis sport.

Hawkeyes sport

13 Diving

Diving is a very undermined sport. Lots of people think they can just "pick the sport up" and that it is easy, but that is far from the truth. I takes lots of concentration, practice, and uses every muscle in your body. It is a very mental sport. People don't realize how fast you travel in the air and how much water can really hurt. When a diver jumps off ten meter (equivalent to a 3 story building) they travel at least 60mph before they hit the water. Synchronized diving is one of the hardest to master as well!

It is one of the most majestic sports to watch. I would rank it among or near gymnastics and swimming!

I love this sport, apparently they are going to make diving into the ground a sport and see who survives the longest

Diving is the best sport by far because it takes lots of skill and it is amazing to watch. Tom Daley for gold!

14 Judo

Most beautiful sport in the world.

Toughest sport in the world: aerobic, anaerobic, technical, tactical

Best sport in the world thank you japan

A lot of love has to go into it

15 Hockey

Fast paced and action packed

Love Crista cullen

I like it


16 Equestrian

Equestrian is the most passionate, beautiful, and skilled sport, Always so interesting and exciting to watch I LOVE it

If you have ever watched show jumping you would know of the incredible tension in the jump off!

It is very difficult to train and be in harmony with the horse and the creatures are amazing and powerful animals

You get to see beautiful partnerships between horse and man, each one unique. Expect thrilling rides in cross country with treacherous jumps, unbelievable skill and beauty in dressage and massive flawless jumps in showjumping. Amazing.

17 Table Tennis Ping-pong, or table tennis, is a sport where players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table.

Table Tennis, Handball, Football, Gymnastics, Football and Aquatics (inc diving) are the best in my opinion.

Because it really need a skills and determination. and also you need a concentration

18 Canoe Slalom

Love it.

I love this game so many punch ups and fights. hopefully jamie soward wins gold again

19 Badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Unlike other sports, big money has never tainted or entered the professional badminton arena. Therefore, from beginner to professional it is still a sport played for the sheer love and enjoyment of it. Just look at the immense dedication and extreme fitness levels required - and the height some players get in the jump smash - incredible. Hitting the shuttle at just under 500 kph (over 300 mph) make this the fastest racket sport in the world. And all for the love of the sport and not the money! Played all over the world by ALL age groups Badminton is simply not covered enough by the media - why not? - no big money to be won!

I love watching and playing badminton. Even when it's not professional and I'm watching the little kids at practice play it's so fun to watch

" gets you so hyped up and pumped and is way faster than tennis"

This sport is developing so fast

20 Shooting

I shoot in the junior olympics and I got 3 Ed for nationals it is the hardest sport that's out there and I do basketball and football to and it's really tough

My friend shoots clay pidgins and got 39 out of 40

What if someone shoots someone's head off

Shooting is very good

21 Boxing Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring..

Well... Ireland do really well in this sport and have a big team in it and it is really entertaining to watch.

Boxing is a man sport


22 Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Great sport if you want to keep your fitness up. I swim competitively and I love it.

Swimming is one of the most challenging sports out there, soI have to give swimmers a lot of credit.

I swim lots and it rules: it keeps you fit and healthy.

I Love swimming

23 Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

Great sport.. One of those authentic sports like running where one does not need million dollar equipment.. And every nation can take part

Sport of the Sports

Best all round sport

24 Fencing

Fast, very athletic, tactical and just an all-round epic sport

It Has An Eye Staring Contest

You have to fast on your feet

I just love to watch people fight with swords in the olympics it just makes me more EVIL! MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! :):):):);););););)BCD BCD BCD BCD MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG MLG BY THE WAY! I'm A GIRL he he

25 Handball

Fast and emotional..Very imprevisible sometimes..really fun

26 Rugby Sevens

Best sport by far in the olympics. Non stop action. Like having international NFL but even more exciting.

Rugby 7s is a good sport to keep you healthy and strong

Rugby sevens the best and most popular one

Best Sport. No question

27 Cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end.
28 Synchronized Swimming
29 Sailing

Great sport


30 Taekwondo

Awesome martial arts

Its fun to watch

Best martial art in my opinion.

It is fun

31 Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is amazing because you see people doing fun routines with flair and it also involves gymnastics so there's something for everyone and you don't have to do gymnastics to enjoy it!

It is a beautiful sport to watch but they have to work a lot and they are in pain almost always(it’s not that easy)

Incredible to watch the beauty in which they work with the different equipment.

32 Water Polo

It is fun

33 Golf Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes from a range of 80 to 600 yards on a course in as few strokes as possible.

Golf is boring and should not be in the Olympics.

It is the last game I want to play

Hi, Golf is an amazing sport with much to discover!

I love golf no matter what

34 Netball

Get lost netball

35 Mountain Biking

Is the best

36 Field Hockey
37 BMX Racing
38 Pentathlon
39 Softball
40 Racewalking

How is this an Olympic sport

41 Lacrosse Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick.

Its good

42 Pole Vault
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