The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are almost here! If you’ve got a job or other responsibilities, you might not be able to catch a lot of the live broadcasts of your favorite events. That’s where the Internet comes in.
Using the following apps and news feeds, you’ll be able to keep up with the action as it happens.
BBC Sport for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire
The front page of BBC Sport’s Winter Olympics section is packed with the latest news stories, from athlete interviews to official statements from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). You can also access Games schedules, event-specific schedules, results, and the all-important medals table.
Once the Games start, you’ll be able to see replays from top events, no matter where you are! Coming from the BBC, you can expect reliable and regular updates too.
Olympic Athletes’ Hub for iOS and Android
If you want to see Sochi through the eyes and Instagram filters of your favorite athletes, this app from the IOC has you covered. You’ll get Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter updates from Olympic athletes delivered right to your phone or tablet, and you can even shortlist athletes, teams, and sports that you want to follow.
It might not be the best way to get the most up-to-date results, but it gives you an eye on the lives of Olympic athletes. You can also visit the Hub on your browser at olympic.org.
Download: Olympic Athletes’ Hub for iOS Android (Free)
Team Stream by Bleacher Report on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry
We’ve featured Team Stream before, and it’s just as good at getting you Olympics news as it is for other sports. If you’re looking for a single app that will help you stay up to date, but don’t need video replays, results lists, or medals tables, this is the app for you.
You can also use it to receive a custom feed of only the events that you’re interested in – so if you just want to know who’s winning in hockey, who won ice dancing last night, or who’s in the lead in giant slalom, you can tweak your subscriptions and get exactly what you want.
Official Olympics Feeds
As you might expect from the username, this is the official Twitter account of the International Olympic Committee, meaning you’ll get all of the latest official news from the IOC itself. If you’re looking for news on more controversial aspects of the Olympics – like the LGBT protests in Sochi – you might not find them here.
The official Instagram feed of the IOC, if their previous photos are any indication, will be posting some absolutely stellar shots of the ceremonies and Games. Not many iPhone photos here; what you’ll find is mostly magazine-worthy, high-quality, photography. If you don’t have an account yet, this is a great time to get started with Instagram.
The Organizing Committee for the Sochi Games also provides a stream of high-quality images of athletes, venues, celebrations, and Olympic life around the entire sporting complex. If you’re looking for a more personal view of the Olympics, you may want to check out the athlete feeds, but if you’re looking for fantastic pictures taken around the Games, this is a great feed to follow.
For news, photos, and interaction with other Olympics followers, this is official Facebook stop. They’ve been profiling athletes and new events lately, with updates on snowboard parallel slalom, the luge relay, Zimbabwe and Dominica’s first Winter Olympians and the appointments of flag bearers from all around the world.
You can see some great photos of the Olympic village here, though you probably won’t see many photos of the unfinished hotel rooms the media have been arriving to.
Twitter Feeds for News
If you’re looking for a source of information that will hit your Twitter feed with nearly constant updates related to the Olympics, this is the one for you. As the official source of all things Olympic in the United States, NBC has great access to everything that’s going on and isn’t shy about posting all the time.
For a less official and decidedly less sporty alternative, check out NPR’s Olympics feed. This will probably be a great place to get news on the events surrounding the Games that you might not hear about from more official sources.
Athlete Twitter Feeds
If you’re trying to keep up with your favorite athletes, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re following a verified account. The Twitter Verified Accounts Olympians list has over 100 different Olympic athletes whose accounts have been verified. Big names on the list include Shaun White (@shaun_white), Lindsey Jacobellis (@lindsjacobellis), Apolo Ohno (@ApoloOhno), Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn), Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir), Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi), and Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) – you’ll find them all here, along with dozens of others.
Athlete Instagram Feeds
Of course, a lot of Olympians are on Instagram, too. Check out Greg Bretz (gregbretzz), Bobby Brown (bobby_brown1), Kelly Clark (kellyclarkfdn), Lolo Jones (lolojones), Monique Lamoureux (moniquelam7), and perennial fan favorite Shaun White (shaunwhite). The New York Times recently published a great list of Winter Olympics athletes on Instagram that you can check out to find a whole list of people to follow.
How will you be following the Olympics this year? Facebook and Twitter? IFTTT sports recipes? Mobile apps? Just watching the news? Share your favorites below!