Get the 411 on the 2010 Olympics

The 2010 Olympics Winter Games sare here and there are endless ways to keep up with the action. Use your computer or mobile device to get instant updates, or go old-school and watch the events on TV. Here are the best places to follow the games, which run February 12-28.

Vancouver2010

There’s no better place to get the downlow on the games than to visit the official website. Check out Vancouver2010 for everything you want to know about the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The site boasts a tab for each specific sport, plus a comprehensive spectator guide, The Olympic Store for official gear, an area about Canadian culture, and even event ticket sales in case you decide to hop a plane to Canada (don’t forget your passport).
NBC

The official network of the Olympics, NBC has taken an over-the-top approach to interactive media with their “Be there, wherever you are” campaign. From the opening ceremonies to the very last medal, NBC has you covered:

TV – Watch around-the-clock, high-definition broadcasts of the different events, which will be peppered with special interest stories about the athletes. You can get complete TV listings here, organized by timeslot, or by sport.

Web – Viewers that want even more Olympic feed can go to NBC’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games website, where the network features event results, blogs and tweets from the athletes, video and photo galleries, and up-to-the-minute medal counts.

Mobile – NBC has also partnered with AT&T to present a mobile app you can download to follow the games while you’re on the go. You can download widgets, get an RSS feed, shop for Olympics souvenirs, and even set up alerts for your favorite sports so you won’t miss a thing.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Facebook Fan Page

Declare your love for the Olympics out loud by becoming a Facebook fan of the 2010 games. The official Facebook site fan page is over 420,000 fans strong, and is already bustling with activity in anticipation of the games. The site’s “wall” and “discussion” areas are open for comment once you become a fan, and you can also find photo galleries, info on the torch relay (in both English and French), and virtual Olympics “gifts” you can send to your Facebook friends.

Twitter

If your social media site of choice is Twitter, stay connected to the games by following @2010tweets, presented by the Vancouver Olympics Committee communications team. This is where you’ll find “approved” Olympics buzz; if you want some “unofficial” play-by-play, follow the list @kk/Vancouver-2010-olympics for tweets about the games from regular Joes.

The Official Mobile Spectator Guide
Lucky enough to be going to Vancouver? Download the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator Guide to your mobile device before your trip. This free app is location-aware, meaning it knows where you are in relation to where you’re going, and will give you directions and maps to the venues on your agenda. It also details more than 2,000 sports and cultural events taking place over the 17 days of the games.

NBC Olympics Cheer

Now that you know where to find Olympics action, you might need some help cheering for Team USA. Especially if you hit the bar to watch your favorite events. Download the NBC Olympics Cheer app (presented by Coca-Cola) from iTunes, and suddenly your iPhone will be a sound-effects machine that produces sounds like a cowbell or an airhorn. Special sounds can even be produced by shaking the phone or blowing into the microphone. You can even write and record your own Team USA cheers to show your patriotic pride!

What apps or websites are you using to get in on Olympics fun? Comment below and tell us how you watch – or interact with – the Olympics.