When it comes to sports I primarily like team ball sports and the Olympics is jam packed full of them. Some of them are very familiar to US sports fans, some are moderately familiar and others have very little presence here. I’ll mention them in order of familiarity to US audiences.
Basketball (men and women)
Duh, it’s basketball. You know, like in the NBA, WNBA and NCAA? GAWD.
Baseball (men)/Softball (women)
Duh, it’s baseball and softball.
Soccer (men and women)
Duh, it’s soccer. You kick it.
Volleyball (men and women)
Although most Americans are familiar with the sport, the full, indoor version of volleyball is primarily seen as a women’s sport – a view that isn’t shared worldwide. Italy and Brazil have pro leagues.
Field Hockey (men and women)
Another sport that is primarily played by women in the US and, again, that’s not the case worldwide. It’s actually a rather popular sport for both sexes in Germany, Netherlands, India, Pakistan, and my mom. The sticks are quite short compared to ice hockey so the players are all hunched over and dying all the time.
Water Polo (men and women)
This is one of those sports that really isn’t super popular in any particular country or region but is just kinda popular in a whole bunch of them. Basically, everyone swims from end to end and tries to get a ball in a net. There’s really very little strategy.
Handball (men and women)
Actually, it’s kinda like handball on a court. Or maybe it’s like basketball with soccer elements. Yeah, I’ll go with that one. The players go end to end and dribble the ball (every 3 steps) like in basketball but when they get to the end there’s a soccer-style goal, complete with goalie. It removes the height element that annoys me in basketball but I still think basketball is more interesting due to a higher degree of strategy.