Spoiler alert! Thanks to NBC’s use of time delay in broadcasting the Olympics to the Western U.S., those who live their lives online during the day are bound to find out what happened long before it airs in prime-time. Anyone who doesn’t want to know the results prior to airtime is going to have to avoid just about every website they frequent, from Twitter to Facebook to newspaper sites, and even their email in-box (those CNN email alerts aren’t so helpful when filled with spoilers).

The broadcast delay — as well as the authentication requirement to view live video online — has people seething in towns as close as Seattle is to Vancouver. In fact, sports blog Deadspin has been collecting various reader complaints about NBC’s tape delay, dubbing it the “Tape-Delaympics.” And one reader, Kat, wrote in to note how much better Canadian TV coverage was:

I was just talking about it last night with a friend of mine. Both of us are Canadian and have been totally impressed with the coverage here. They’ve got it live on at least 3 channels at all times to catch everything, plus 2 channels in french with their own coverage, and the main CTV channel doing live coverage as well as interviews and regular news breaks.

Beyond the broadcast brouhaha, Olympic coverage is not just for credentialed journalists anymore. Alternative and citizen journalists armed with digital cameras, or even just cell phone cameras, are capturing what’s happening in front of them — even if the IOC would prefer they didn’t.

So if you don’t mind the spoilers, here’s a cheat sheet to help you find relevant Olympics coverage online, whether it’s on special websites, photo sites, video-sharing or Twitter lists. Thanks to mash-ups and curated aggregation, there are not only more forms of multimedia coverage of the Olympics, but also more innovative ways to see what’s happening and who’s talking about what — including the Olympic athletes themselves.

Special sites and pages

CBC’s Vancouver Now

ESPN Winter Olympics page

Huffington Post’s Winter Olympics 2010 page

NBCOlympics.com

Official Schedule and Results

Olympic.org IOC site

NY Times Olympic Tracker with personalized schedule

NY Times Olympics section

Rabble.ca’s Alternative Olympics Coverage

SB Nation Olympics page (via @Bankoff, among others)

Sports Illustrated’s Olympics section

Thoora’s Olympics page

Vancouver 2010 official site

Vancouver Sun’s Olympics page

Yahoo Sports coverage

Twitter lists and searches

AP Olympic Athletes list

AP Olympic Staff list

BBC presenters, journalists and experts

Bloggers, journalists, locals and True North Media House list from @northgeek

Huffington Post’s Winter Olympics LIVE lists (via Craig Kanalley)

kk’s Vancouver 2010 Olympics list

NBC Olympics Tweet Tracker

NY Times’ athletes and reporters list

NY Times’ Winter Olympics media list

Twitter verified Olympians

Winter Olympics Athletes on Twitter on Twitter-Athletes.com

Twitter feeds

2010Tweets from VANOC

AP_WinterGames

Apolo Anton Ohno

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (via Christopher Connell)

CTVOlympics

Jeff Lee of Vancouver Sun

Juliet Macur of the NY Times

Kardboard

Miss604

NBCOlympics

Randy Starkman of Toronto Star

Robert Scales

Shani Davis

Swiss Olympic Team

Facebook pages

Olympic Games page

Olympic mini-games app

Lindsey Vonn fan page

NY Times Olympics Coverage on Facebook

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Photos

Blackbird’s Flickr photo sets

CTVOlympics.ca photo stream on Flickr

Kris Krug’s Winter Olympics photo sets on Flickr

Robert Scales’ Vancouver 2010 Olympics set on Flickr

Map of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Pool on Flickr

Here’s a Flickr photo gallery from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics pool

Roy Tanck‘s Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better.

Get this widget at roytanck.com

Video

BBC Olympic video

CBC Olympic video

CTVOlympics.ca World feed schedule

VANOC official highlights page on YouTube

NBCOlympics Video page includes highlights and some live streams (if authenticated with your pay-TV provider)

Watch Live Olympic Coverage Online — go down to pull-down menu at bottom of page and choose your country

Yahoo Sports video mostly from wire services such as AP

Mobile apps and sites

Cowbell2010, so your phone can ring like a cowbell

Foursquare app with NY Times

NBCOlympics mobile app (via @tsutrav)

Official Mobile Spectator Guide from Bell, an iPhone app (via @tsutrav)

Vancouver Sun mobile site

Vancouver 2010

Blog posts and articles

American Networks Serve Advertisers First and Viewers Last at Huffington Post

The gold medals for best mobile Olympics sites go to… at Poynter.org

5 Android Apps for the 2010 Winter Olympics experience at Androinica

Foursquare Partners with Zagat, New York Times at ReadWriteWeb

Get Ready for Some Olympic-Sized Authentication Frustration at NewTeeVee

NBC’s tape-delay coverage of Olympics frustrating for sports fans

NBCOlympics delivers 8.1 million video streams in first four days at NBC Universal press release

Olympic madness at Seattle Times

Sharing the Olympic Magic with Fans at the Facebook blog

Vancouver 2010 – Olympics, Twitter Tracker For Top Countries at NowPublic

Watching the 2010 Winter Olympics Online Around the World at NewTeeVee

What Olympic tape-delay controversy? NBC still doesn’t get it at Seattle Times

Where to Watch the 2010 Winter Olympics Online at NewTeeVee

What online resources do you use to keep up with the Winter Games? Share your favorites in the comments below and we’ll update this list with any ommissions.

For more Olympic coverage at MediaShift, check out these posts:

Citizen, Alternative Media Converge at Olympic Games in Vancouver by Kris Krug

Inside the Social Media Strategy of the Winter Olympic Games by Craig Silverman

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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