The 2012 Summer Olympics finally kick off in London with a massive opening ceremony, but the spectacle of the interpretive dancing and fireworks isn't the only part of this two-week sporting extravaganza that's worth watching. Even if you don't know Usain Bolt from Michael Phelps, here are plenty of reasons to tune in:
10. Some off-the-wall events
The bigger sports get the lion's share of the media attention, but there are lots of oddball sports that people medal in. Trampoline, table tennis, badminton, canoeing, BMX biking, and synchronized swimming ... there's really something for everyone, and now, thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to wake up at four in the morning to watch them.
See Team USA table tennis star Timothy Wang in action:
9. Royal watching
There's a good chance that Kate Middleton and some of the other members of the British royal family will be at a lot of the big events, so keep your eyes peeled for some fabulous dresses, great hats, and maybe even Pippa's much-buzzed-about behind.
Watch highlights from Kate Middleton and Prince Williams' Royal Wedding:
8. Patriotic feelings
Regardless of the country you're from or where you currently live, it's thrilling to see athletes from your nation compete and to watch the medal counts rise. Much like World Cup soccer, you may find yourself irrationally screaming your head off for someone whose name you didn't know a week ago.
Check out the best goals of the 2010 World Cup Qualifications: