With the living room currently being occupied by a disagreeable CRT television and my housemates uneaten pizzas, I’ve been getting my Olympics fix from iPlayer. Watching an uninterrupted stream of luge, figure skating, short track skating, alpine skiing, curling, hockey, snowboarding and all the other icy sports has been thrilling.
Just witnessing these giants, the best of the best, at the top of their game is electric. And with such displays of skill, determination and surprise, it’s no wonder they only do this every four years. Success, tragedy and last minute shockers – it’s terrific.
So far my home nation has only managed to achieve one medal thanks to Amy Williams (gold in the women’s skeleton). But after only achieving two medals at the Winter Games four years ago in Turin, it’s a start. Our curling teams are pretty strong.
Again I’m amazed and thankful that today’s technology gives me more opportunities to keep track of the Games beyond just seeing them live on television. The atmosphere, and the ethos of the Olympics, has always been something I’ve greatly admired. It’s no ordinary sporting event, it brings the world together like nothing else.
Catching much of the action via iPlayer, the BBC Sport team – Hazel Irvine, Sue Barker and the rest of the presenters, commentators and production crew – have provided excellent coverage, with informative, fast-cut packages, diverse interviews and their signature high quality graphics.