Best Online Resources for Following 2010 Winter Olympics

    by Mark Glaser
    February 18, 2010

    Spoiler alert! Thanks to NBC’s use of time delay in broadcasting the Olympics to the Western U.S., those who live their lives online during the day are bound to find out what happened long before it airs in prime-time. Anyone who doesn’t want to know the results prior to airtime is going to have to avoid just about every website they frequent, from Twitter to Facebook to newspaper sites, and even their email in-box (those CNN email alerts aren’t so helpful when filled with spoilers).

    The broadcast delay — as well as the authentication requirement to view live video online — has people seething in towns as close as Seattle is to Vancouver. In fact, sports blog Deadspin has been collecting various reader complaints about NBC’s tape delay, dubbing it the “Tape-Delaympics.” And one reader, Kat, wrote in to note how much better Canadian TV coverage was:

    I was just talking about it last night with a friend of mine. Both of us are Canadian and have been totally impressed with the coverage here. They’ve got it live on at least 3 channels at all times to catch everything, plus 2 channels in french with their own coverage, and the main CTV channel doing live coverage as well as interviews and regular news breaks.

    Beyond the broadcast brouhaha, Olympic coverage is not just for credentialed journalists anymore. Alternative and citizen journalists armed with digital cameras, or even just cell phone cameras, are capturing what’s happening in front of them — even if the IOC would prefer they didn’t.


    So if you don’t mind the spoilers, here’s a cheat sheet to help you find relevant Olympics coverage online, whether it’s on special websites, photo sites, video-sharing or Twitter lists. Thanks to mash-ups and curated aggregation, there are not only more forms of multimedia coverage of the Olympics, but also more innovative ways to see what’s happening and who’s talking about what — including the Olympic athletes themselves.

    Special sites and pages

    CBC’s Vancouver Now

    ESPN Winter Olympics page


    Huffington Post’s Winter Olympics 2010 page


    Official Schedule and Results

    Olympic.org IOC site

    NY Times Olympic Tracker with personalized schedule

    NY Times Olympics section

    Rabble.ca’s Alternative Olympics Coverage

    SB Nation Olympics page (via @Bankoff, among others)

    Sports Illustrated’s Olympics section

    Thoora’s Olympics page

    Vancouver 2010 official site

    Vancouver Sun’s Olympics page

    Yahoo Sports coverage

    Twitter lists and searches

    AP Olympic Athletes list

    AP Olympic Staff list

    BBC presenters, journalists and experts

    Bloggers, journalists, locals and True North Media House list from @northgeek

    Huffington Post’s Winter Olympics LIVE lists (via Craig Kanalley)

    kk’s Vancouver 2010 Olympics list

    NBC Olympics Tweet Tracker

    NY Times’ athletes and reporters list

    NY Times’ Winter Olympics media list

    Twitter verified Olympians

    Winter Olympics Athletes on Twitter on Twitter-Athletes.com

    Twitter feeds

    2010Tweets from VANOC


    Apolo Anton Ohno

    Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (via Christopher Connell)


    Jeff Lee of Vancouver Sun

    Juliet Macur of the NY Times




    Randy Starkman of Toronto Star

    Robert Scales

    Shani Davis

    Swiss Olympic Team

    Facebook pages

    Olympic Games page

    Olympic mini-games app

    Lindsey Vonn fan page

    NY Times Olympics Coverage on Facebook

    Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics


    Blackbird’s Flickr photo sets

    CTVOlympics.ca photo stream on Flickr

    Kris Krug’s Winter Olympics photo sets on Flickr

    Robert Scales’ Vancouver 2010 Olympics set on Flickr

    Map of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Pool on Flickr

    Here’s a Flickr photo gallery from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics pool

    Roy Tanck‘s Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better.

    Get this widget at roytanck.com


    BBC Olympic video

    CBC Olympic video

    CTVOlympics.ca World feed schedule

    VANOC official highlights page on YouTube

    NBCOlympics Video page includes highlights and some live streams (if authenticated with your pay-TV provider)

    Watch Live Olympic Coverage Online — go down to pull-down menu at bottom of page and choose your country

    Yahoo Sports video mostly from wire services such as AP

    Mobile apps and sites

    Cowbell2010, so your phone can ring like a cowbell

    Foursquare app with NY Times

    NBCOlympics mobile app (via @tsutrav)

    Official Mobile Spectator Guide from Bell, an iPhone app (via @tsutrav)

    Vancouver Sun mobile site

    Vancouver 2010

    Blog posts and articles

    American Networks Serve Advertisers First and Viewers Last at Huffington Post

    The gold medals for best mobile Olympics sites go to… at Poynter.org

    5 Android Apps for the 2010 Winter Olympics experience at Androinica

    Foursquare Partners with Zagat, New York Times at ReadWriteWeb

    Get Ready for Some Olympic-Sized Authentication Frustration at NewTeeVee

    NBC’s tape-delay coverage of Olympics frustrating for sports fans

    NBCOlympics delivers 8.1 million video streams in first four days at NBC Universal press release

    Olympic madness at Seattle Times

    Sharing the Olympic Magic with Fans at the Facebook blog

    Vancouver 2010 – Olympics, Twitter Tracker For Top Countries at NowPublic

    Watching the 2010 Winter Olympics Online Around the World at NewTeeVee

    What Olympic tape-delay controversy? NBC still doesn’t get it at Seattle Times

    Where to Watch the 2010 Winter Olympics Online at NewTeeVee

    What online resources do you use to keep up with the Winter Games? Share your favorites in the comments below and we’ll update this list with any ommissions.

    For more Olympic coverage at MediaShift, check out these posts:

    Citizen, Alternative Media Converge at Olympic Games in Vancouver by Kris Krug

    Inside the Social Media Strategy of the Winter Olympic Games by Craig Silverman

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: nbc sports vancouver winter games winter olympics

    4 responses to “Best Online Resources for Following 2010 Winter Olympics”

    1. Craig Kanalley says:

      Great compilation! Very comprehensive and thanks so much for including HuffPost’s Winter Olympics Big News page.

      But how about our Twitter lists page? Curated more than 150 accounts — Olympic athletes, Olympic media and Vancouver locals.


    2. Thanks, Craig. I like the way HuffPost compiles all those Twitter lists on one page. I updated the lists above with your page.

    3. Jotman says:

      A round-up of various bloggers’ efforts to cover the protests against the Olympics in Vancouver.


    4. pretty patterns says:

      Great compilation! Thank you !

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