How to Follow the Olympic Games and Your Favorite Team USA Athletes Online
If you have been on the fence about joining Facebook or Twitter, now is probably the time to go ahead and do that — especially if you are a fan of the Olympics. This year, through social media, everyone can have a conversation with an Olympic athlete and get in-depth updates about their favorite Olympic sports online — not just Bob Costas. Here are some of the websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts you will want to know to enhance your (online) Olympic Games experience!
NBC Olympic Coverage Online
NBC is the official network of the 2012 Olympic Games here in the United States, and they are giving Olympic fans tons of ways to watch basically every sport. The website has all the TV listings, plus the online listings of Olympic events, videos, photos, news updates, results, schedules, athlete bios, a section on the medals, information about Team USA, and even a way to keep track of athlete from your hometown with local coverage of Olympians. There’s even an Olympic Games mobile app to keep you current on everything happening in London.
You can even keep track of your favorite sport. For example at www.nbcolympics.com/triathlon you can see the specific schedule and preview of the triathlon, plus photos videos, and live streaming of the events. You can even see live Tweets from Olympic triathletes.
London 2012 Coverage Online
The official website of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Go there for official Olympic event schedules and results. You can also learn about the Torch Relay and navigate an interactive map of London and Olympic Park.
Official Olympic Movement Coverage Online
Check out the “sports” tab for a list of all the sports held in the summer Olympic Games, plus information on all the sports, including the history of the sport in the Olympic Games and what sort of equipment the athletes need to compete.
Team USA on YouTube
Watch videos from Team USA athletes on the official channel on YouTube! See Olympic coaching tips, qualifying videos, interviews with the athletes and more.
Track & Field Coverage Online
This site isn’t specifically about the olympics, but Flotrack will keep you informed on everything running related for track and field. Keep tabs on track and field athletes, including marathoner Desiree Davila (@des_davila), steeplechaser Evan Jager (@EvanJager – who broke the steeple chase American Record on July 20th), and basically every competing track and field runner today. Watch video interviews with the athletes, see how they prepared for the Olympics and more. Check out the individual athlete pages for athlete Twitter and Facebook accounts.
A Few Team USA Twitter Accounts to Know:
Swimming: Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte)
Track & Field: Lolo Jones (@lolojones)
Gymnastics: Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug)
Fencing: Mariel Zagunis (@marielzagunis)
Go to the Team USA Athlete page on NBC’s Olympics website for individual athlete Twitter accounts.
Twitter Hashtags You Should Know: