International Sport Events
Some of the most recognised sporting events in the world.
1. Summer Olympics
The best international sporting event, hands down. Besides the incredible opening ceremonies that took place during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the wide variety of events and star power alone makes it must see TV.This past Olympics we had Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and the Redeem Team among others. It seems that each Olympics there are better and more skilled athletes setting record after record.There is so much raw emotion that takes place in each match, game and point that you cannot help but become invested in every single thing that happens.
2. Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics might take a backseat to the Summer Olympics from time to time, but it is still one of the best international sports competitions in the world.It produces the best hockey tournament known to man, curling, which is everyone favorite, and speed skating, which nobody gives due credit.What the winter Olympics gives up in flash, it makes up in speed. People become exposed to sports that they have never played nor seen before, making for an interesting watching experience.
3. Tour De France
In 1903, a few good men had the idea to go on a little bike ride around France. The 2200 mile, three week race pits the best cyclists from around the world in a test of endurance and teamwork. The course wraps around a majority of France, and ends in Paris.Americans know about the race through the accolades of Lance Armstrong, who won the race seven times.The New York Times once printed that the Tour de France is arguably the most physiologically demanding of athletic events. The effort was compared to running a marathon several days a week for nearly three weeks. while the total elevation of the climbs was compared to climbing three Everests.
Certainly the classiest tennis tournament there is, The Championships at Wimbledon has taken place at the All England Club since 1877. This historic major takes place in late June, early July and has produced some of the greatest tennis matches ever played.While some resonate in our minds more clearly (Federer versus Nadal), you do not have to look back too far to find a match that kept you on the edge of your seat.The green grass courts and the concession stands that sell strawberries instead of hot dogs, make this a unique event that everyone should attend at least once in their lives.
5. Running of the Bulls
Take it from someone who has run with bulls before.It is not a smart idea. While I was doing it, I did not for a second think that it was a bad idea. In retrospect, running alongside angry bulls in a confined area was one of the coolest experiences in my life, but also one of the dumbest.I cannot knock tradition, though, and while a lot of people will agree that it does not make much sense, the Spaniards will continue with this encierro as long as people are willing to run.
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