LOL, even between 2 Americans (assuming you're American), our preferred sport to watch varies. I don't care so much for Basketball (the US is so dominant, it's not even fun to watch, IMO) and I have never cared much for soccer (although, I might watch if the US gets to the final). I believe gymnastics has a good following among Americans. My family certainly enjoys watching. And to be honest, I don't know that I would be watching much swimming if not for Phelps. The Americans have a good showing in a variety of sports Winter and Summer. There are only a handful of countries that are consistently at the top. The US is more than double the next best in total medal count for all time. I guess my point was, I can glance at the TV and see many highlights of many athletes from many different sports and the US is competitive. Many other countryman (and women) watching highlights (in their respective countries) might only see 1-2 athletes (if any) from their country. I agree, there are many sports certain countries as a whole might not care about.