This is my 16th Olympic Games.
I love those sports, and they have given me some unforgettable moments. But I am excited to see sailing and equestrian and men's gymnastics and fencing — especially now that an athlete I profiled in the Tribune, Mariel Zagunis, has been chosen as U.S. flag-bearer for Friday's opening ceremony.
I have long wished that the air-sucking pros in basketball, soccer and tennis would be out of the Olympics, so the incredible athletes in sports such as wrestling, rowing and archery would have the focus on them.
I am waiting for the serendipitous moment that will be my Olympic highlight. At the Summer Games, it has occurred in one of the sports I was able to drop in on before track and field began.
In Atlanta, I happened to be there the night injured Kerri Strug landed that vault on one leg, assuring the U.S. a gold medal in gymnastics.
In Beijing, I was there the morning Jason Lezak improbably caught a Frenchman on the final leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay to keep Michael Phelps' quest for eight gold medals alive.
I expect to be at the track to watch Usain Bolt, superman become mortal, try for a second straight 100-meter gold. And to be at the pool when Phelps, an immortal in his sport, breaks the record for most Olympic medals in a career.
But — and excuse me for using a recent U.S. Olympic Committee slogan — amazing awaits, and often at the most unexpected moments.
Maybe I will be lucky enough to see one.
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Curiosity draws me to South African runner Oscar Pistorius, the Olympics' first double amputee, who will be competing in the 400-meter run and 1,600-meter relay — but really shouldn't be because he runs on carbon-fiber prosthetics.
Geography compels me to keep watch of Bulls forward Luol Deng and Naperville's Candace Parker in their respective basketball tournaments, as well as all the other athletes with Chicago-area ties, such as wrestler Ellis Coleman.
History demands I monitor every move swimmer Michael Phelps makes as he embarks on his quest to surpass Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the Games' all-time medalist (he needs three).
And while duty likely will force me to learn details about gymnastic apparatus I never knew and watch beach volleyball for the first time without wearing flip-flops, one man intrigues me most in the Games of the 30th Olympiad: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
No athlete ever has had a more apt surname.
With apologies to LeBron James, no other persona looms larger over London; no other drama promises to be more delicious. In the next 17 days we will find out whether Bolt remains the fastest man alive, but we already know he is one of this generation of sport's most compelling.
The aura, the entourage, the incongruity of thinking one athlete can steal a show that took seven years to plan in 9.4 seconds. If Bolt can reach his stated goal and break his world record in the 100-meter dash, the rest of my 2012 Olympic memories will compete for second place.