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London 2012: 7 really dorky-looking Olympic events

Faster, higher, stronger, dorkier. Every four years, the world's elite athletes come together to compete in some Olympic events that just don't look cool.

1. Badminton

1. Badminton

Nadiezda Zieba of Poland (L) is watched by her partner Robert Mateusiak of Poland as she plays a stroke during their badminton mixed doubles group match against Shintaro Ikeda and Reiko Shiota of Japan at The London 2012 Olympic Games in London on July 28, 2012. Poland's Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba won 21-8, 22-20. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

1. Badminton

Scott Evans of Ireland competes during his Men's Singles Badminton match against Lin Dan of China on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

1. Badminton

Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin celebrates after defeating Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea during their women's singles badminton match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London on July 30, 2012. Yip won 21-18, 23-21. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

2. Water polo

2. Water polo

Angie Winstanley-Smith of Great Britain tussles with Olga Belova of Russia during the Women's Water Polo Preliminary match between Great Britain and Russia on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

3. Fencing

3. Fencing

China's Sun Yujie (L) celebrates a hit against South Korea's Shin A Lam (R) during their Women's Epee bronze medal bout as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on July 30, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

4. Archery

4. Archery

Tetyana Dorokhova of Ukraine competes in her Women's Individual Archery 1/32 Eliminations match against Miki Kanie of Japan on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

4. Archery

Hyun Dong Im of Korea competes in his Men's Individual Archery 1/32 Eliminations match against Emanuele Guidi of San Marino during Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

4. Archery

Karen Hultzer of South Africa competes in his Women's Individual 1/32 Eliminations Archery match againstPia Lionetti of Italy on Day 3 at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

5. Skeet shooting

3. Skeet shooting

Kimberly Rhode of the United States competes in the Women's Skeet Shooting final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

3. Skeet shooting

Kuwaiti shooter Abdullah al-Rashidi throws empty cartridges away as he competes in the men's skeet qualification at The Royal Artillery Barracks in London on July 30, 2012, for The London 2012 Olympic Games. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

6. Eventing

4. Eventing

France's Nicolas Touzaint on Hidalgo de l'Ile competes in the Cross Country phase of the Eventing competition of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London on July 30, 2012. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

7. Backstroke

7. Backstroke

Ryan Lochte of the United States swims backstroke as he competes in heat five of the Men's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

7. Backstroke

Australia's Belinda Hocking competes in the women's 100m backstroke semi-final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 in London. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/GettyImages) 

7. Backstroke

Alezandr Tarabrin of Kazahkstan competes in the Men's 100m Backstroke heat 2 on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

7. Backstroke

US swimmer Missy Franklin competes in the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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