London 2012 Olympic Games: Sports guides

Everything you need to know about every Olympic sport heading into London 2012.

On July 27, thousands of elite athletes converge on London for the 2012 Olympic Games. While the media has helpfully anointed Team USA's Olympic stars — just try picking up a glossy magazine over the last few months without Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps's abs on it — there are many more superhuman muscle-machines to get acquainted with. One can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed. Behold: Time Out's cheat sheet to the international athletes worth watching, plus surprising facts and intelligent conversation points for every sport (what is this handball thing they speak of, anyway?).