Google Is Sending More Than a Dozen YouTube Stars to Rio to Livestream the Olympics

Ramps up coverage with search, maps and mobile


Google is bringing its team of tech offerings to the 2016 Olympics this month in hopes of winning part of the online action.

Just in time for the summer games, which officially begin on Friday, Google is sending 15 of its YouTube stars to livestream various parts of the games and other events across host city Rio de Janeiro. Among them will be YouTube stars Liza Koshy, Brodie Smith, Ben Brown, Caeli, Chloe Morello and Felipe Castanhari.

Along with the Creators (as YouTube calls its content creators) the online giant is also deploying "Google Trekker" operators to capture 360-degree footage from inside Rio's Olympic Park that will help those who can't make it to Brazil get a street-view look via Google Maps at what it's like on the ground.

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