2012 Olympic Sports, Ranked by ImportanceS

The Olympics are here. And with them, a whole mess of sports to watch. How to decide? By reading our definitive rankings, and making your programming choices accordingly. Duh.

36. Equestrian
35. Sailing
34. Canoe Slalom
33. Canoe Sprint
32. Field Hockey
31. Cycling- Mountain Bike
30. Cycling- BMX
29. Gymnastics- Rhythmic
28. Synchronized Swimming
27. Trampoline
26. Tennis
25. Handball
24. Water Polo
23. Rowing
22. Cycling- Track
21. Shooting
20. Badminton
19. Taekwondo
18. Football (Soccer)
17. Judo
16. Volleyball
15. Fencing
14. Archery
13. Cycling- Road
12. Beach Volleyball
11. Swimming
10. Boxing
9. Weightlifting
8. Wrestling
7. Modern Pentathlon
6. Triathlon
5. Table Tennis
4. Diving
3. Gymnastics- Artistic
2. Athletics (Track and Field)
1. Basketball

All disagreements are incorrect.

Previously
All Academic Fields of Study, Ranked by Realness
All 47 Sports and Fitness Activities, Ranked

Photo: Getty. ("The horse ridden by Andre Jousseaume of France falls to its knees in the centre of the double road jump during the men's three day equestrian event at the Olympic Games, 12th August 1948.")