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Best and worst Olympic events

Best and worst Olympic events

How does one judge which Olympic events are better than others? Drama, spectacle, intensity, athleticism, beauty, competition, the novelty of seeing the event performed at such a high level and the connection to core Olympic ideals. That's how.

10 best events

Balance beam, gymnastics. Most treacherous and thrilling playing surface (10 centimeters wide) in sports. (Olympic event since 1952)

100 meters, track and field. Pure speed. (Since 1896)

Badminton. What you've played in the backyard bears almost no resemblance to this stunningly intense game of...