Calling all sports fans!
It may be cold & miserable at the moment but at least sports fans like me can get to enjoy our seasonal interests: traditional fare like football & rugby, newer or ‘Extreme’ sports like snowboarding, & of course winter sports like skiing.
Gearing up for the Winter Olympics broadcaster ESPN has launched live streaming on XGames, a site featuring athletes in a number of winter & extreme sports.
For instance US Olympic Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg taking calls from fans via Skype, or this live video – which I particularly enjoyed – where skiier Tom Wallisch chatted with fans, & was asked & answered some really good, & quite technical, questions by them.
To be honest I haven’t come across anything much like this before, & it’s pretty impressive!
The marriage of technology & sport, & the immediate access by fans to their sporting heroes that web 2.0 enables I think is pretty amazing.
Many of the athletes are from the USA, but there are also many others from across the globe, & the site covers a variety of international sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, skiing, BMX, rally driving & MotoX.
What these athletes can do is astonishing, & it’s brilliant to be able to have the chance to speak to them live, & to hear them talking so personally & openly about how they do what they do, & about their lives as world-class sportsmen & women.
It’s amazing to someone like me who grew up before the Internet, smartphones & Skype that such instant access to such top athletes is even possible.
As the Winter Olympics approaches events like this are a great way of building the excitement: a fantastic resource!
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions & words – even the long ones – are my own