(NBC NEWS) In case you've been living under a rock, it's likely that you've at least seen or heard some of the hype surrounding the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Unfortunately for the Brazilian city, much of the buzz leading up to the games has been negative: Zika. Doping. Pollution. Poverty.
Yet 56 percent of Americans plan to tune in for at least part of the competition, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.
Even if you are not a diehard fan of gymnastics or track and field, there are plenty of intriguing storylines and inspirational stories worth following at this year's Olympics. And if you're still not convinced, at the very least the games should provide a small respite from the non-stop barrage of 2016 campaign headlines.
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