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Top Five Sports I Didn't See on the NBC Olympic Coverage

OK, this isn’t really about population, infectious disease or human ecology, but I’ve been thinking about it this morning:

  1. Team handball
  2. Fencing
  3. Table Tennis
  4. Badminton
  5. Women’s Pole Vault

I like beach volleyball as much as anyone, but the Olympics are really the only chance the average viewer has to watch any of these other cool sports.   May and Walsh were awesome, but there are other sports besides beach volleball, swimming, track & field, and gymnastics.  It’s a shame that what we see on Olympic coverage comes down to the fact that Kerri Walsh’s teeny-weeny bikini sells more Budweiser than watching May Mangkalakiri and Eva Lee thwack a shuttlecock.