London Olympics 2012 Online

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THE 2012 Summer Olympic games, scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 12 this year in London, England, promise to be the most exciting games to date and what better way to keep up with the latest events and follow our Zimbabwean athletes, than to view the London Olympics live — online.A number of websites will be showing the event live and these can be downloaded onto your smartphone, Ipad, laptop or personal computer (PC). Providing you have fast-speed broadband, you will be able to watch from the comfort of your home or anywhere else, whenever the games are on.
Be sure to watch our Zimbabwean athletes at the most important sporting event in the world. They include Olympic veteran swimmer Kirsty Coventry and track and field athletes Sharon Tavengwa, Cuthbert Nyasango, and Wirimai Juwawo, as well as the Zimbabwe rowing team of Micheen Thornycroft and Jamie Fraser-Mackenzie and triathlete, Christopher Felgate. You can even find out about Kirsty via her own website on www.kirstycoventry.org. The official website for the Zimbabwe Olympic team can be found on http://www.zoc.co.zw/.
Unfortunately, our men’s national record holder over 100m and long jump, Ngoni Makusha, and one of Zimbabwe’s brightest medal prospects may be out of the games due to injury. Ngoni is reported to have ruptured his Achilles tendon during training at his base in Florida, US. Makusha was heavily tipped to win the country a medal in his favourite long jump event. Four years ago, Makusha narrowly missed a bronze medal at his debut appearance in the men’s long jump at the Beijing Olympic Games.
This year, Facebook is gearing up with broadcasters across the globe to provide unprecedented coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, which emphasises the powerful role social media will play in this year’s event. It seems Facebook can turn a solitary experience into a communal one.
Many key broadcasters, including the BBC plan to stream live coverage of the games on Facebook and the London Olympics is expected to be the most ‘social’ game to date. Although social media existed at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, audiences have since flocked in large numbers to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter in order to read, see and hear related media and chat and debate about associated events. Facebook now has more than 900 million users compared to 100 million at the last Olympics in 2008, including a new generation of younger users.
Although some broadcasters have paid millions for the media rights this year, not all will broadcast live video of the games to Facebook.
Broadband connections in Zimbabwe, like Harare’s uMAX, which provides a minimum speed of 1Mbps, are available to enable smooth streaming of the London 2012 games. There are currently 144 different countries that have qualified for the 2012 Olympics and several websites are available to help keep you up-to-date on the Olympic activities before, during and after the events. The official Olympics site is http://www.london2012.com/ where all the schedules and results will be found and the IOC official Olympic channel on YouTube can be found on www.youtube.com/user/Olympic. YouTube will also take officionados and new enthusiasts back to past Olympics where you can watch golden moments from past eras, as well as the latest footage from the current event. You can even search for Zimbabwe’s own golden girls from the 1980 Olympics where the Women’s hockey team brought home the gold medal.
Other official sites include http://www.olympic.org and http://hub.olympic.org. With more than 1 000 athletes participating online, the Olympic Athlete’s Hub is where community sports enthusiasts will be able to connect with athletes in real-time conversations and obtain updates on athletes and participate in the Hub community to earn points and badges.
One of the sites from where you should be able to watch any event live is http://watchlondonolympicsonline.com/.
Many sites integrate Facebook and Twitter, so when signing up for the Olympic Hub, for example, users can sign in using either of these. Several Facebook pages are available online to stay in touch with favourite athletes or see the latest results for all the events. There are also a few official IOC accounts on Twitter and for the latest news follow @Olympics, @IOCMedia (Official Olympic News).
INTERNET INFO
uMAX is super proud to be a Zimbabwean company, and wants to wish all the Zimbabwean Olympians good luck! We want to make sure our entire herd joins in watching our athletes at the Olympics, so we are awarding free data bonuses to all customers for every medal our Zimbabwe team wins! Be sure to check on www.uMAX.co.zw closer to the time for more updates on the Olympics and MAX bonuses for subscribers!
FAST FACTS
With approximately 8,5 billion PCs, smartphones and tablets predicted to be connected to the internet this year, the London games are set to be the biggest ever online.
DISCLAIMER
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