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Americans tend to get more active during the Olympic Games, playing many of the sports and activities they watch, according to research from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. There was a slight increase in participation for Olympic sports from ’07 to ’08 around the Beijing Games. A similar increase was seen from ’03 to ’04 around the Athens Games. A total of 16 fitness and exercise activities experienced a boost in participation from ‘08 to ’09 following Beijing. Listed below are the most popular Olympic sports in the U.S., from a participant perspective, based on core participation (SGMA).MOST POPULAR OLYMPIC SPOTS IN THE U.S.RKSPORT/ACTIVITYCORE U.S. PARTICIPANTS (MILLIONS)MINIMUM TIMES/YEAR1Bicycling (road/surface)20.6132Basketball16.7263Tennis14.3114Outdoor soccer6.4265Table tennis5.6136Target shooting (rifle)5.287Court volleyball3.9138Mountain biking3.7139Horseback riding2.51310Track & field2.52611Badminton2.41312Kayaking (recreational)2.2813Gymnastics1.85014Swimming1.55015Sailing1.3816Beach volleyball1.31317Shooting (trap/skeet)1.2818BMX cycling1.21319Wrestling1.12620Triathlon1.02