The Summer Olympics only comes around every four years—and when they do, these US cities crank up the heat on their celebrations. Check out the best spots to catch Olympic fever—and every minute of the action.
With more than 500 athletes competing in this year's Games, our nation is practically guaranteed to come down with a serious case of Olympic Fever. The only known cure? Grab a fellow rabid fan (or a few) and find the best possible spot to watch all the action.
While you might think there's no better place then your couch—and the nearest TV set—you've got a far better shot of cheering Team USA onto gold when you do it out in public, with a few dozen (or a few thousand) of your closest friends.
These five US cities, which range from well-known sporting meccas to the breeding grounds of future Olympic champions, top our list of the hottest spots to check out the games. Whether you're already there—or planning to make a road trip—you'll soon find yourself in the middle of the frenzied masses cheering on our champs in the red, white and blue.
<h3><font color="red" font family="Arial">Cheyenne, WY</font></h3>
We know what you're thinking. Cheyenne? Really? Yes, really. After the United States Olympic Committee released its official list of Team USA members, sports analysts discovered an interesting fact: Wyoming ranks #1 this year in Olympians produced per capita. To be fair, the state only has two members headed to London (Brett Newlin-rowing, and Jennifer Nichols-archery), but there are only 568,000 people in the state. This means that when you head to downtown Cheyenne to watch rowing or archery, there's a chance you'll be rooting for Team USA right alongside Olympian-relatives.
<h3><font color="red" font family="Arial">Los Angeles</font></h3>
No surprise here. A former host city with two major universities feeding dozens of athletes into U.S. Olympic teams (USC and UCLA), Los Angeles could be considered the epicenter of Team USA athlete production. Pick any of the famous bars in Westwood or revitalized downtown L.A. and you're sure to find people wearing USC crimson and gold or UCLA powder blue, and pulling for their favorite hometown athlete. And of course, with Kobe Bryant competing, there will be plenty of Lakers fans cheering him on.
<h3><font color="red" font family="Arial">New York City</font></h3>
NYC is home to gold medal favorite gymnast John Orozco from the Bronx, boxer Marcus Browne from Staten Island, NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony from Brooklyn, and Deron Williams who plays for the Brooklyn Nets. Add the other 30+ Olympians from the Big Apple and numbers show New York is well represented in London. Whether you choose a bar in Manhattan, or watch from the boroughs, you're bound to see sports bars' televisions tuned into the Olympics.
<h3><font color="red" font family="Arial">Austin, TX</font></h3>
Lead by one-time Longhorn and current NBA superstar Kevin Durant, Team USA is stacked with athletes who trained at Austin's University of Texas. The city also boasts ties to promising Olympians Trey Hardee in decathlon and Sanya Richards-Ross who qualified in Track & Field in the 200m, 400m and 400m relay. Austin's fans, who pack about 100,000 people into DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium every Saturday for football games, will be throwing their Texas-sized support behind their Team USA members all along Sixth Street.
<h3><font color="red" font family="Arial">Gainsville, FL</font></h3>
The late addition of Jeff Demps to the 4x100 meter relay pool for USA Track & Field has the University of Florida sending 37 Gators to participate in London's Olympics. Perhaps the most visible Gator will be Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps-rival and gold medal favorite in the pool. Following the national anthem at one of Gainesville's near-campus bars, you can do a Gator Chomp and watch Olympic coverage with other proud Americans.