The Olympic Games
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Live athletic competition is thrilling, and the Olympics are no exception. On the Web, you can plan a trip to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Games or even get an early start planning for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. You’ll learn how to purchase tickets, and discover alternative ways to attend the festivities such as volunteering.
- A live sale of remaining Olympics tickets began in October on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further clarification, see the FAQ page provided by CoSport, the official site for Olympic ticket and accommodation sales in the United States.
- Consider packages that include tickets and accommodation; some even provide meals, transportation to events, and tours of Beijing. The sites below present some options to help you find a plan suiting your needs.
- Other ways to attend the Games include volunteering and participating in the torch relay, both of which are typically difficult gigs to get if you’re not a resident of the host country. Getting a job with the torch relay in particular is quite competitive; you’ll have to go through a strict nomination and selection process. See the official torch site for further information.
For attending as a fan …
, the official Beijing 2008 site, posts ticket announcements and news about sales, including a chart showing prices for different events at a glance. You can link to the official ticketing Web site from a link on the bottom right, but this is only applicable to residents of China.
, an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, offers various packages for fans. Although live ticket sales have already begun, you can e-mail the company at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about different options, such as packages including tickets and accommodation or meals and ground transport.
specializes in sports travel; it offers several packages to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. You can purchase tickets to any event, including the opening and closing ceremonies, along with luxury hotel accommodation, transportation to and from events, and a guided tour of the city.
Western States Ticket Sales
offers tickets to Olympic competitions for most sports. You can browse for tickets here, but to purchase, you’ll have to order tickets over the phone.
For volunteering opportunities …
helps foreigners apply for volunteer roles in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read about general policies, such as training and work schedules, and consult the application guide. Click “Signing Up” to fill out and submit your application online.
For the torch relay …
, a worldwide computing partner of the Beijing Olympic Games, is organizing the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay in China. Watch videos, read personal essays, and help decide which three individuals should run the torch.
For travel safety ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
offers material about disease risks (such as for traveler's diarrhea and breathing problems), preparing for your trip (such as packing a health kit) and staying healthy. It also includes links to information for athletes traveling to China for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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