The Olympics are coming.
In July, the 2012 London Summer Olympics kick off and hours spent in front of the television will increase dramatically worldwide.
There are plenty of events that at one time or another were part of the Summer Olympics that no longer are. These include baseball, basque pelota, cricket, croquet, golf, lacrosse, Jeu de Paume, Polo, Rackets, Roque, Rugby Union, Softball, Tug of War, and Water Motorsports.
Also, Demonstration events that did not count toward official medal tallies have included some interesting sports. Such as American Football, Australian Rules Football, Ballooning, Bowling, Boules, Budo, Finnish Baseball, glima, Gliding, Kaatsen, Korfball, La Canne, Surf Lifesaving, Longue paume, Motorsport, Roller hockey, Savate, Swedish (Ling) Gymnastics, Weight training with dumbbells, and Water skiing.
Interestingly, the only summer sports that have never been absent from the Olympic program are athletics, swimming, fencing, and gymnastics
In the 2016 Olympics that are to be held in Rio, will see the return of Golf as an Olympic event, and the introduction of Rugby Sevens.
Do you question the rightful place of some Olympic events? If you could add one event, what would it be? Are you looking forward to watching the games and are there particular events that you especially cannot wait to watch?