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10 February 2014

Is it my imagination, or do all the Olympics web sites suck donkey balls?[More:](TV coverage is fine, the same as always, not what I'm talking about.)

The official NBC web site is not only blinding me with its professional white background, but it sucks!

Is there really no section of "about this sport..."?! The schedules are impossible to find, and they're also very vague about what sports are going on and only concerned with namedropping the current star athlete of the moment. The whole front page is plastered with "Hey, star of the moment just won/is hoping to win!"

I would love to know what equipment's used for biathlon and the different ski waxes. And have a nice, neat, ordered listing of full-event videos. The summer site had all of these things in one place, easy to find.

And doing a google search for "good Olympic coverage" isn't helping. Anyone know where the hell I can find an English, well-organized Olympic web site? And is the web coverage really that bad, or am I just a bad googler?! What am I missing here?

I'm on my phone so can't give you a proper link, but the BBC Sport section on the games seems to have coverage, full results, commentary and sports guides. A bit UK-centric, perhaps (we have one medal in total so far).
posted by altolinguistic 10 February | 12:40
The NBC site is all kinds of suck, to be sure. For one thing, it's absolutely crippled if you have AdBlock Plus enabled. I took a look at what items, specifically, were being blocked on the site, and it was just a few Facebook scripts and a couple of third-party advertising/marketing items. Yet, nothing was working. Once I disabled ABP, the site started working. Ridiculous. And, it still works in fits and starts.

I've found in the past that, when it comes to high-profile, big event websites, all the stops are pulled and they invariably pile-on the bleeding-edge bells-and-whistles, efficiency and usability be damned.
posted by Thorzdad 10 February | 14:08
Heh altolinguistic, right after I posted this I found the BBC Sport site and was like "yay, finally, some good info!" They asked me to fill out a survey, and I was all like "this is so much better than the U.S. coverage!!"

Thanks for the tip, Thorzdad, I'll check that out.
posted by Melismata 10 February | 15:15
For whatever reason, for me at least, the audio feeds of the broadcasts have the venue sound and noises turned up, and the announcers turned down. A lot of the time, this is good, but not all of the time. I am wondering if it is this way for anyone else.
posted by danf 10 February | 16:55
Google "Olympic schedule" and you get a nice interactive list of what is going on.
posted by arse_hat 10 February | 18:26
So my mother has breast cancer || hey, twiggy