7 Ways to Enjoy the Olympics Without a TV

If you want to follow your favorite athletes, head on over to Twitter-Athletes.com. It's a directory of professional athletes on Twitter with a special section for the Winter Olympics.

3. 'Get Inside' the Games With Google Maps, Earth, Street View

In honor of the 2010 Vancouver Games, Google created a dedicated site featuring several special Olympics tools.

In addition to a schedule of events, constantly updated medal count and event results in 40 languages, Google provides satellite and street-view images of the competition venues.

To capture mountaintop views of Whistler Mountain, the company deployed its new snowmobile outfitted with photographic and GPS technology. With a few clicks, you can virtually drop in to the snowboarding halfpipe on Cyprus Mountain or fly over Vancouver's Olympic Village.

You can also view and share photos on Picasa, read real-time search results for the Games and learn about Vancouver hotspots from local experts.

This 3D image shows Whistler Creekside. Photo credit: Google Earth, Imagery Province of British Columbia, Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlobe

4. Cowbell 2010 Lets You Cheer From Your Living Room

If you really want to feel like you're slopeside at Whistler, take a look at Cowbell 2010.

The new iPhone application turns your phone into a clamoring cowbell, just like the ones cheering on Olympic alpine skiers.

Launched by Boulder, Colo.-based Rage Digital, the 99-cent app has been downloaded more than 20,000 times by people in 34 countries and is the second most popular paid sports application in Apple's App Store.

"The cowbell is such a vibrant tradition of the Olympics and the iPhone, with the accelerometer, has the ability to detect movement," said Tom Guggenheim, CEO of Rage Digital and the app's creator. "[It] was the perfect platform to create a cowbell."

He said the cowbell tradition originated in Switzerland, where cowherders would ring their bells from pastures to encourage the athletes.

Users can personalize the app with the national flag of their choice, access an event schedule, read athlete tweets and post their own messages and photos to Facebook.

After the Vancouver Games, he said his company plans to re-design the bell for the World Cup in June.

Credit: Rage Digital

5. Official Mobile App Puts Olympics in Your Pocket

Downloaded by more than 1 million people, the official (and free) Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics mobile application is another top sports applications in Apple's App Store. (It's also available for a number of other handheld devices.)

It's one of many mobile apps for the Winter Games but is backed by the Vancouver 2010 committee and lists all of the competitions, as well as free concerts, ceremonies and cultural events.

If you're in Vancouver, the location-aware application tells you how close you are to the various events.

For those taking part from home, it aggregates Olympics-related news, photos, video, medal counts and Twitter streams.

6. Rock Out Like an Olympian

So what if you can't skate, ski or jump like an Olympian. If you're so inclined, you can still rock out like one.

For prices starting at $9.99, Olympic fans can purchase "Sounds of Vancouver 2010," a commemorative album of the Games' opening ceremony.

In addition to the Olympic anthem, songs by a number of Canadian artists, including Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan, are featured on the album.

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