This year the Winter Olympics has taken a luge dive deep into the Internet. With thousands of blogs, dozens of media sites, and who knows how many Twitter accounts, you can access all the key footage and real-time info on your favorite sports by watching the Olympic games online this February. The only hard part is finding out where to start. We’ll break it down for you.
Olympic Games Online: Streaming
Watching the Olympic games online is easier than ever – but you need to know where to look. The obvious choices are some of the best for basic viewing, so head over to the NBC Olympic website and see what they are covering with their videos, which are offered in real time and cover nearly all of the events. Unfortunately, there’s a catch — while short amounts of viewing are free, you need the right TV provider subscription or you have to pay to watch real-time videos. On the plus side, the site is paired with an app, so you can watch footage from your mobile devices, and there are a lot of additional videos and informative posts that you don’t need to pay for at all.
If you do not have the right cable service or do not pay for cable at all, this arrangement poses some expensive problems. Watching real-time Olympic footage is going to be a challenge unless you are willing to pay, but fortunately there are some great alternatives. Head over to YouTube and start exploring the primary Olympic channels, such as the official International Olympic channel, the NBC Olympic YouTube channel, and the United States YouTube Channel. Not only are these channels filled with free streaming footage, they also include hours and hours of extras that you may be interested in, including interviews, workout tips, Olympic science and a lot more.
If you want a more mobile source of Olympic footage than YouTube, there is a final unique solution: Download a VPN proxy — such as the free app Hola — and tap into the coverage of the Olympics by other nations around the world. You get a lot of bonus coverage and some different perspectives as well.
Olympic Games Online: Blogs
When you are watching the Olympic games online, don’t forget to pay frequent visits to some of the popular blogs covering the event. These blogs give you entertaining opinions, deeper coverage, useful facts, and extra points to think about. Your Olympic experience would be incomplete without tapping into so many rich sources of coverage.
A few notable journalistic destinations stand above the others for their Olympic coverage. Yahoo! Sports is running a commendable blog covering multiple aspects of the games with a very casual feeling. For those more interested in the competition, the ESPN Olympics blog focuses more on the popular sports (snowboarding, skiing, etc.) and the scores, but also provides in-depth analysis and plenty of additional facts.
If you are looking for a well-rounded source of articles, the Time Olympics section provides plenty of useful guides, collections of photos, news posts and more. But if you have a favorite news site or blog, visit it as well — you still have a good chance of running into some high quality Olympic posts.
Olympic Games Online: Social Media
Your social media streams are probably already filled with comments about Sochi, the final scores, and the major players. But there’s another, more professional side of social media that offers some real-time glimpses into the Olympic games online from personal perspectives. If you want to tap into this world as well as finding more general coverage, there are few ways to go about it:
- Twitter: You have a couple different options with Twitter. First, you can search for the most popular hashtags, such as #halfpipe, #Sochi, #Sochi2104 or #RoadtoSochi (the YouTube channels and other sites offer running feeds of such tags from various Twitter profiles, too). Second, you can follow individual reporters and players. Shaun White, Lolo Jones, Bode Miller and other popular competitors that are tweeting regularly. Commentators like Lindsey Vonn and Ato Boldon offer comments and analysis via Twitter and general handles like NBC Olympics also share breaking news. Individual journalists like Steve Rosenberg may also be worth following.
- Vine: Vine thrives on mobile video capture, but unfortunately, social media video is banned at the Sochi Olympics. However, if you head over to the NBC Olympics Vine site, you can still see some Vines of players, practice, and sweet jumps.
- Instagram: For a collection of photos showcasing the games and the sights, stop by the Instagram account of NBC Olympics. Plenty of other, more amateur Instagram accounts also exist, filled with images you probably won’t see anywhere else.
Now you have a chance to watch your favorite athletes do their thing while watching the Olympic games online.