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Sydney Games 2000: Navigating the Olympics Online

Aired September 18, 2000 - 1:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Because of the time difference between Australia and the United States, most Olympic events are taking place while Americans are asleep. In order to broadcast the competition in prime time, NBC is showing the Olympics on a tape delay. But some folks aren't willing to wait. They're using the Internet to follow the Olympics in realtime.

CNN technology correspondent Rick Lockridge joins us to tell us how that works -- Rick.

RICK LOCKRIDGE, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's one of two good reasons to use the Internet, to following Olympic coverage. The other one is you can get just what you want, you don't have to wait until the broadcast goes to your favorite sport. I have a colleague who's real interested in gymnastics, for example, and you can go right to it. Here it is right on the Olympics.com home page, which is a great web site to follow the Olympics. It's the official Olympic Web site.

And look up here in the corner, you can see they've got a little box, what time is it in Sydney and what's the temperature? Well, you can just open that page up and it will give you the full forecast and give you the temperature in Centigrade, so of course Americans aren't going to understand it. You'll have to flip over to Fahrenheit if you want to be able to understand it the American way.

Another really good part about this Web site, Lou, is the fan mail section, where you can not only look at the athletes' home pages, but you can also write mail to one of the athletes. And they have a lot of time to themselves in the Olympic village, and here's a little Web cam view of the area that they have to hang out in.

Now, of course, it's the middle of the night in Sydney right now, so they are in bed, just as they should be. But if you were to look at this live Web cam during the day, you'd see they were problem browsing that Web site to look at some of the fan mail that you folks have sent to them.

And here's a couple of other sites we'll look at. Of course, NBC has the rights, the television rights, to the Olympics, and you can see some TV pieces on their Web site, nbcolympics.com. What I really like about this Web site is they use images from the Olympics as the background for their pages. So if you go to any of these pages, you see that you've got the pictures right in the background, and that's -- one of the best things about the Olympics really is the pictures of the athletes while they're in the midst of competition and after just finishing and perhaps winning a medal, or even losing.

Also, invite you to take a look at the CNN Sports Illustrated Web site, CNNSI. And there's some great things on here, particularly the "Sports Illustrated" writers. Right here on the front page you can see a link to Rick Reilly's column. Those of you who read "Sports Illustrated" are very familiar with Mr. Reilly. He's not afraid to say what's on his mind. In this particular column, he talks about how the Olympic games should be in Sydney from now on, Lou. He says the city is so beautiful that there shouldn't be any other city under consideration. He says it is a city, quote, "as clean as Oprah's fork."

(LAUGHTER)

That's mean, that is mean, but he's a pretty vivid writer.

WATERS: OK, there you have it. Rick Lockridge down there in the interactive center. And CNN Sports Illustrated is a great source of information about the Olympics. You can see which teams are winning the most medals. The medal tracker keeps tally of the totals and divides them into gold, silver and bronze, and all you have to do is just click on CNNSI.com.

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