Basketball, Speedo-wearing athletes and gymnastics floor routines might be the toast of NBC on this side of the ocean, but lesser-known Olympic disciplines will drive other nations to the edge of their collective seat, reports Time. Here are five:
- Badminton: Responsible for Indonesia's lone gold, the sport with 125-mph backhand smashes captivates much of Asia, especially China.
- Shooting: Featuring live pigeons in the Paris 1900 games, the sport produced a 72-year-old Swedish medalist.
- Men's field hockey: The rivalry is fierce between the Netherlands and Germany, but don't count out 3-time gold-winner Pakistan.
- Handball: A Croatian favorite, it's a sped-up, literally hands-on approach to soccer.
- Judo: Pure gold for Japan, which has garnered 31 gold medals in the sport.
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