How have you followed the Olympics online?

    by Mark Glaser
    February 15, 2006

    The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and you can’t watch them on TV at all times. So when you’re at work or at school, how are you getting your Olympics fix? Sure, we know about the official Olympics site, as well as the official site from NBC. But while there’s a lot of good features and video at the NBC site, I also counted 11 corporate sponsor logos throughout the home page. I’m wondering if you’ve found an offbeat site to follow the games, perhaps a blogger who has VIP access, or a quirky podcast emanating from Torino. Let me know how you’re following the Games in the comments below, and I’ll feature the best ones in next week’s Your Take Roundup.

    • Peter

      Jonathan Crowe in Quebec has an interesting site called “DFL” that highlights the last place finishers in each event:


      Crowe calls this blog a personal stand “opposed to the idea that anything short of a gold medal is a failure on the athlete’s part. . . . [G]iven the stringent qualification rules imposed by the IOC, the various sport governing bodies, and national Olympic committees, I don’t think that anyone who manages to get to the Olympics has anything to apologize or atone for.”

      Short version: they’re there, and you’re not, couch potatoes – so drop the win-or-apologize attitude toward the athletes, even those (or especially those) who finish last.

      [As Crowe describes it, the name of the blog is sports shorthand, to describe the absolutely, positively final position in an event: D is for Dead, L is for Last, and F is . . . obvious.]

    • The Directory @ ClipBlast (www.clipblast.com) has been highlighting and archiving video coverage of the Olympics. Our goal as a web site (and blog) is to give people access to the video they want when they want it.

      We’ve aggregated links to Olympic coverage from various news and media providers. It’s quite interesting to see the various perspectives given a specific story or event – especially the Olympics.

      Olympics clips can be found here: http://www.clipblast.com/searchresults.php?phrase=olympic

    • Vivian Maher

      I just viewed your report on the Olympic Coverage and I believe that the problem is the way the material is presented. Prime time coverage was supposed to begin at 8PM; however, the important events were not being shown till 10:30 PM with the exhibition skating presenting the top atheletes at 11:15 PM. In order to keep the viewership NBC tried to hold out the best for last, perhaps if they reversed it, I believe this would work in their favor. I saw it with my own children and friends children who could not keep their eyes open past 10:30 PM anxiously awaiting the best. We all missed out on many ceremonies as well. Apollo’s medals, most of his skating events were shown very late and I saw a great interview with him unfortunatel it was at ll:30 PM. An interview my children would greatly have benefitted from watching. The atheletes work so hard and it is very sad that our news media stole their golden moments.

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