Consuming the Olympics.

The Olympics are in full swing and at justONE we’re really excited about all the action, following the Kiwis like a swarm of bees eagerly anticipating the win of another medal! With our numerous devices and viewing platforms on hand, we now have more choice and control over the way we view and get involved in the games. So we thought we would let you know some top ways keep up with the multitude of events.

In NZ, SKY Television secured the rights to stream the Olympics, and have added eight extra channels dedicated to the Olympics. For those who don’t have SKY, Prime is streaming continuous coverage 23.5 hours a day. The SKY app is a goodie to download, with easy schedules and the option to record events when you’re out just by signing in – to link to your MYSKY – and clicking record.

The social drive of the Olympics has been huge, with athletes encouraged to post on Twitter, and at times causing controversy in doing so! Back home, we can use social media to share in the triumph, loss and nail-biting moments with people all over the world. The official social channel for Twitter is @London2012 and for Facebook, Facebook.com/London2012. Follow or ‘like’ the games for updates and mind-blowing photography as the events unfold.

There are three official apps for the London 2012 Olympics:

  1. The ‘London 2012 Join In’ app is a mobile guide to the games. This is a key planning tool from the start of the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK. ‘Join In’ is essential for those at the games, but also good for us Kiwis back home who want to be a part of the phenomenon.
  2. The London 2012 mobile game’features nine Olympic sports, including Archery, Double Trap Shooting, 110m Hurdles, Swimming and more in authentic London 2012 Olympic venues. So have a go yourself, you never know, it could be the start of your athletic career!
  3. And for those who want to be Olympic conversation leaders, the number one app I would recommend downloading is the ‘London 2012 Results’ app. The app provides all the latest news, schedules, results and snaps from the events, allowing you to keep up-to-date with all the action from your desk! Top features include the calendar schedule, medal tables categorised by country and athlete profiles. You can even follow New Zealand (or your alternative home country) to receive specific news and tailored updates about our team. Download this app and the excitement is at your fingertips 24/7!  

So there you go, plenty of easy options to get on board and stay relevant with the Olympic chatter. Better yet, get your friends together and host an Olympic potluck for those edge-of-the-seat finals! After all, this only comes around every four years.

Author: Gabrielle Gillard’s favourite event so far was the athletics.