Sporting Events That Need to Be Experienced Live

Watching sports on TV is a great American pastime, but there are some events that are best experienced in the flesh, where you can really feel the energy of the crowd and get a close view of the action. Here are 12 sporting events from around the world that you could watch at home, but that are best experienced live.

The Olympics

Modeled after an ancient Greek tradition, the modern Olympic Games are considered to be the place where the best athletes in the world go toe-to-toe in events that attract thousands of attendees and millions of international television viewers. Alternating between winter and summer events every two years, the Olympic Games have something for everyone whether you’re into swimming, volleyball, bobsledding, or figure skating.

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    Not only are the Olympics a chance to see the best of the best compete, but it’s also a chance to get to know a new international city each time, as the location constantly changes. Your next chance to go for the gold in person will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the 2018 winter games will be held.

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    Wimbledon

    Did you know that The Championships, Wimbledon (known just as Wimbledon to those in the know) was established in 1877 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the world? Held annually in midsummer at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, the tournament is known for hosting the world’s most legendary tennis players. Past champions include Venus and Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Roger Federer.

    Players are held to a strict standard of etiquette at the tournament and are required to dress in full tennis whites. Along with the best athletes, it also attracts the crème de la crème of society, celebrities, and even royalty who are frequently spotted in the stands. In 2015, almost half a million people attended the tournament over a two-week period.

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    The Monaco Grand Prix

    Monaco is famous for its beautiful princesses, lavish casinos, and gorgeous Mediterranean climate. If you’re into racing, it’s also famous for its annual Formula 1 race, the Monaco Grand Prix. Established in 1929, the Grand Prix is arguably considered to be the jewel in the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

    The course winds its way through the stunning streets of Monaco alongside the harbor and while the landscape is beautiful, the course itself is dangerous, narrow, and has at times even proved deadly. Tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix can be hard to come by because it has the smallest capacity of all the circuits with just 37,000 tickets available. However, an additional 200,000 spectators are known to crowd nearby streets to get a glimpse of the action.

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    The World in Chili

    Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

    The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

    As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

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