Friday Five – Staying On Top of The Olympics Online and In Real Time

Friday Five Olympics Online

The world has anxiously watched as Sochi, Russia prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It’s been an interesting, and sometimes cringe-worthy, process to watch as the media has been all over a few of the…ahem…hiccups. With the Opening Ceremonies scheduled to air tonight, many of us will be watching on our TVs. Households everywhere will be hooked on this worldwide event. However, NBC will only be broadcasting a portion of the 98 different events with over 2,500 athletes competing. Thanks to the wonders that are the Internet and social media, there are lots of ways to keep up with all of the events and happenings in Sochi when you’re away from the TV – some in real time.

Official and In Real Time

The real time aspect is great since the action is happening in a time zone nine hours ahead of the Northeast.  Depending on your preferred social network and media format, you can follow NBC’s social accounts as well as the official accounts for Sochi and the Olympics. NBC on Vine might be an interesting one to watch for quick video highlights.

NBC: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine
Sochi: Twitter, Facebook
Olympics: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr

For the Twitter power-users, NPR has created Twitter lists to follow athletes and/or media with one click.

Unfiltered and In Real Time

For the off the cuff commentary and an unfiltered look at what’s going on over there as it happens, watch Twitter hashtags. They are linked below and accessible even if you don’t have a Twitter account. Keep in mind this this is an “unfiltered” look at what everyone is saying on Twitter. If you caught any of the reports of hotel room issues as the media arrived – this is where it all started (#sochiproblems).

#sochi2014
#seeyouinsochi
#Olympics
#goteamusa

These hashtags will also work on Facebook, but have less of that up-to-the-minute stream feel.

Apps for Updates On The Go

Catch the latest Olympic news and event results with apps that are available for virtually every smartphone. If you’re just interested in Team USA, download the Road to Sochi app. You can catch all of the details, including schedules, score and news, with the Sochi 2014 Results app.

Athlete-Specific Updates

If you have a favorite athlete that you want to watch, you can look for them on the official Olympics social directory. Searches on Facebook and Twitter are also good places to start if you want to follow someone specific on those networks.

Watch On Your Computer or Mobile Device

I’m sure that none of us plan to watch from our desks AT WORK. You may or may not be interested in streaming the Olympics on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. NBCOlympics.com has you covered. You can also catch highlights on YouTube channels for the Olympics and NBC.

Maybe you want to catch everything. Luckily there is an app for that. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is free and has over 1,000 hours of coverage and all 98 medal ceremonies. There is a catch – you need log on information from your cable provider.

So many ways to catch the action! Social media also provides a great way for us to cheer on the athletes and teams we’re rooting for. Enjoy the game and happy spectating – from couches, to office chairs, to wherever you are.