The Olympic Games
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The next Games are less than a year away, and the Web is already buzzing. We’ve found sites offering comprehensive coverage, including official organizations, credible publications, and sports networks. By summer 2008, you’ll be well-versed in current and archived Olympic news, and may just find yourself on the edge of your seat anticipating the next big moment.
- If you’re new to the Games, start with the official Olympic sites, which provide well-rounded coverage of all of the events. You might also consider signing up for an e-mailed newsletter to stay informed.
- Television networks on the Web such as NBC and ESPN often utilize material from outside sources like the Associated Press and various nationally syndicated newspapers. Take note of the sources of the articles you read, and consult several instead of only one; you’ll get better news coverage and fair commentary.
- If you want to follow Olympic sports year-round, you may have trouble finding television coverage of less-mainstream events. Visit NBC regularly for updates of events, such as national championships and Olympic trials, for specific sports.
For official Olympics sites…
privides articles and archives about sporting events as well as press releases and live results. The Olympic Review, an IOC publication, is also available for download. You can access the IOC and international sports calendars as well.
provides news specific to next summer’s Games. News is divided into categories, including Olympic Dynamics, which features articles charting Beijing’s progress and transformation leading up to the big event. You’ll also find official press releases, sports news, and happenings in the Olympic cities, Beijing and Hong Kong.
For sports networks and publications…
is maintained by NBC, the exclusive American broadcast network of the Olympics. Look for headline news and individual sport updates in addition to expert commentary and analysis, photos and videos. You’ll also find featured blogs, which often comment on current news items. Some articles may require a free online subscription to the Chicago Tribune, which you can register for easily by following prompts. Articles are also provided by ESPN and the Associated Press, among other sources not requiring subscriptions.
maintains an Olympic Sports section. You’ll find in-depth features and analysis from top sports journalists, as well as video clips and photos. You can also click on individual sports at the top of the page to peruse updated news wire reports from Reuters and the Associated Press.
provides links to Associated Press articles related to the Olympics. News stories, organized by date, cover a range of subjects. Look for features about current events in Beijing, such as environmental concerns, as well as articles discussing sporting event results.
presents an Olympics section as part of its general sports coverage. Clean and sparse-looking at first glance, this site actually offers a great deal of news and analysis in its Associated Press articles. It covers a broad range of sports, rather than focusing only on the most mainstream events. Watch out for the pop-up advertisements, though.
The New York Times
provides an archive of both broad and specific articles related to the Olympic Games.
For alternative sources…
provides news and information about the business of Olympic bidding. You’ll learn how cities vie to host the Games, the process behind the decision, and the issues affecting bidding. Occasional feature articles supplement daily and archived news reports. Be aware that there are many pop-up ads floating around here.
Around the Rings
is an independent source for Olympic Movement news and information. To access the site’s varied features, including a weekly newsletter and an Olympic Bid Power Index (which appraises cities contending to host the Games), you’ll need to purchase a subscription.
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