Olympic Fever

January 14, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

UPDATE: The Olympic Games have concluded, but their legacy lives on! Scroll down for a list of handy links that provide an archive of all the action.

With the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver now less than one month away, I’m getting pretty psyched.

Vancouver 2010 Mascots

For three years and fifty weeks, competitive winter sports are generally an afterthought in the United States, relegated to TV channels with unusually high numbers and niche publications that only come out a half dozen times per year. But for two short but glorious weeks quadrennially (look it up!), skiing, snowboarding, skating, skeleton, and curling (yes, curling) become all the rage, dominating prime time television and the sports section of my daily newspaper.

But I know what you’re thinking: “The Olympics are still weeks away! Am I supposed to wait a whole ‘nother month to get my information overload?”

Fear not! Below I have compiled a list of links to help you get your fill of all the Winter Olympic news you desire…and then some. Between now and the start of the Games, these links will allow you to keep track of all the latest developments, big and small. And during the two weeks of nirvana we call The Olympics, you can use these links to fill every waking second with up-to-the-minute scores, analysis and commentary, live video feeds, recaps and highlights reels – and to make sure there’s not a moment left over for doing unimportant things, like work. Or sleep.

Vancouver 2010 logoTHE LINKS

Official Winter Olympics Websites

Nbcolympics.com, the official website of the US broadcaster of the Olympics
Vancouver2010.com, the official website of the Vancouver Organizing Committee
Olympic.org, the official website of the Olympic movement

Sochi2014.com, the official website of the next Winter Olympic Games

US Team and Sport Websites

Teamusa.org, The US Olympic Committee
Usskiteam.com, The US Ski Team
Ussnowboarding.com, The US Snowboard Team
USSA.org, The US Ski and Snowboard Association

Olympic Sports News

Sports Illustrated
ESPN
Yahoo! Sports
Vancouver Sun
CBC
Universal Sports, with NBC, the broadcaster of the 2010 Olympics
New York Times Olympic sports page
Rings, the NY Times Olympics blog

Athlete Websites (Team USA, unless otherwise specified)

Lindsey Vonn, skier, 2010 gold medalist (Downhill), 2010 bronze medalist (Super G)
Julia Mancuso, skier, 2010 silver medalist (Downhill, Super Combined), most decorated American woman in Olympic alpine skiing history
Bode Miller, skier, 2010 gold medalist (Super Combined) 2010 silver medalist (Super G), 2010 bronze medalist (Downhill), most decorated American in Olympic alpine skiing history
Aksel Lund Svindal, arguably the greatest skier to come out of Norway since Butternut’s own Einar Aas.
Ted Ligety, skier
Sarah Schleper, skier
Tommy Ford, skier, Dartmouth student
Andrew Weibrecht, skier, Dartmouth student, 2010 bronze medalist (Super G) (not to be confused with Donna Weinbrecht, 1992 Olympic moguls gold medalist)

Tucker Murphy, cross-country skiing, Dartmouth alum, first-ever Bermudan to compete in skiing at the Olympics (he wore Bermuda shorts to the opening ceremonies)
Laura Spector, biathlon, Dartmouth student, Berkshire resident
Sara Studebaker, biathlon, Dartmouth alum (noticing a trend here?)
Johnny Spillane, nordic skier, 2010 silver medalist (x3), first-ever nordic combined medalist for US
Bill Demong, nordic skier, 2010 gold medalist, first-ever nordic combined gold medalist for US

Shaun White, snowboarder, 2010 gold medalist
Scotty Lago, snowboarder, 2010 bronze medalist
Louie Vito, snowboarder
Kelly Clark, snowboarder, 2010 bronze medalist
Hannah Teter, snowboarder, 2010 silver medalist
Gretchen Bleiler, snowboarder

Seth Wescott, snowboard cross, 2010 gold medalist
Lindsey Jacobellis, snowboard cross

Ryan St. Onge, freestyle aerial skier
Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, freestyle aerial skier, 2010 silver medalist

Shannon Bahrke, freestyle moguls skier, 2010 bronze medalist
Hannah Kearney, freestyle moguls skier, 2010 gold medalist
Bryon Wilson, freestyle moguls skier, 2010 bronze medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle moguls skier, 2010 gold medalist, first-ever Canada home gold

Apolo Anton Ohno, speed skater, 2010 silver medalist (1500m), 2010 bronze medalist (1000m, relay), most decorated American athlete in Winter Olympic history
J.R. Celski, speed skater, 2010 bronze medalist (x2)
Shani Davis, speed skater, 2010 gold medalist, 2010 silver medalist
Chad Hedrick, speed skater, 2010 bronze medalist

Evan Lysacek, figure skater, 2010 gold medalist
Johnny Weir, figure skater
Joannie Rochette, 2010 bronze medalist Canadian figure skater, who skated two outstanding programs just days after the death of her mother
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, ice dancers, 2010 silver medalists
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, ice dancers

The Paralympics

Paralympic.org, the official website of the Paralympic Movement, the Olympics for athletes with a variety of physical disabilities. The Paralympics are held in the same city as the Olympics, usually several weeks after the Olympics have concluded.

Usparalympics.org, The United States Olympic Committee for the Paralympic Games

Carl Burnett, my friend, a two-time Paralympic monoskier, on his path to a third Paralympics (also, a Dartmouth alum)

Schwag

Polo Ralph Lauren Official Opening Ceremony Olympic Games Down Jacket, for a cool $325, you can look just like the Team USA athletes did at the opening ceremonies (minus the buffness, but no one will be able to tell the difference under those fluffy down layers).

If you have a Nintendo Wii, you can pretend that you’re a world-class winter olympian, though you’ll have to settle for playing in character as an oversized blue hedgehog or an Italian plumber.

And even though the Olympics aren’t yet over, you can already pre-order a 4-hour DVD featuring the highlights of the games, which curiously credits Shaun White, Apolo Ohno, Johnny Weir, and Lindsey Vonn as the only ‘actors.’

Of course, this list only scratches the surface of the unbelievable volume of Winter Olympic Awesomeness on the web. Please feel free to contribute more, in the comments section of this post. I’m open to all sports, not just skiing and snowboarding.

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10 Comments

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