The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics is tonight and you know who could not possibly be any more excited? ME!!! I love the Olympics. No, really, I'm obsessed. I get totally caught up in the pageantry and the personal stories of all the atheletes.

This once-every-four-years event is basically these athletes' only real chance to shine...ever! I mean, who really pays attention to a woman who can shot-put a heavy metal ball 50 yards on a normal day? No one! That's part of the reason why I find the Olympics so moving. These people work day in and day out, trying to become the best in what they do: sports that they pretty much have no chance of ever gaining any fame or recognition for, just our of pure love of the sport. 

Needless to say, I'll be tuning in to the Opening Ceremony tonight and here are a few reasons you should too!


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1) The Opening Ceremonies: These are always so cool and techonologically advanced. It's London's chance to show the ENTIRE WORLD how cool they are--and being that this is the land that gave us the Spice Girls and the Beatles, I'm betting that we're going to be blown away! They air tonight, July 27 on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET.

2) Ryan Lochte: Do I even have to say anything else? This half-Cuban hottie is set to go head-to-head with his teammate Michael Phelps on July 28, and believe me you won't want to miss it! The preliminary heats air live at 4:55 a.m. ET, and the finals at 8:00 p.m. ET.

3) Women's Gymnastics: Could these determined, spunky, strong young women be any more inspiring? I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the cute-as-a-button breakout star Gabrielle Douglas. This is definitely one of the best sports to watch with your daughters, so be sure to tune in when the competition kicks off on Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 a.m!

4) The DREAM Team 2.0: The U.S. Men's Basketball team has something to prove. Lead by half-Puerto Rican star Carmelo Anthony, they expect to go far in this year's competition--though it might be tough to watch the first few games since they begin airing at 4:00 a.m. ET.

5) First female U.S. boxer Marlen Esparza: Esparza's story is nothing short of amazing. Women's boxing is (finally!) making its long-awaited debut at this year's Olympics--and this young Latina is our best shot at the Gold medal! Boxing helped set Esparza (who'd been kicked out of school for bad behavior) on the right track, and now you can watch her make history on Monday, August 6 at 7:45 a.m. ET. 

Do you plan on tuning in tonight? What are your favorite Olympic sports?

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Topics: carmelo anthony  latino athletes  olympics  ryan lochte  sports stars