Olympics.com to Give Fans Worldwide a "Virtual Seat" at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

News, Kids Section and a Wealth of Information on Every Athlete, Country and Sport

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ARMONK, NY - 03 May 2000: -- Olympic fans worldwide do not have to wait until the Opening Ceremony, September 15, to enjoy and learn about the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. The Official Olympic Web site -- http://www.olympics.com -- already offers a wealth of information and interactive features ranging from panoramic views of Olympic venues and daily sports news to event schedules and a kids' guide to Olympic sports.

The official Web site is being developed and hosted for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) by IBM, the Worldwide Information Technology Partner and Official Provider of Internet Technologies for the Games.

During the Games, the official Olympic Web site will enable fans to access:

- Every athlete, country, sport and result -- the latest news and in-depth coverage of participating athletes, including an "athlete of the day" profile; history, culture and national anthems of the 200 participating countries; and animated illustrations of Olympic sport techniques.
- Olympic Games history, magic moments and legends -- Games history and information about Olympic Spirit, the flag, flame, motto, oath, creed and a selection of classic events from past Olympic Games and profiles of great Olympians.
- Kids section -- a fun, interactive and educational area featuring Olympic-themed games, guide to Olympic sports, "Olympic Family scrapbook" and tools for parents/teachers.
- Virtual Sydney -- a guide to Sydney, Olympic Games venues, travel, accommodations, traffic and weather.
- Torch relay news updates
- Games employment and volunteer opportunities

Jonathon Rust, Manager of SOCOG's Internet Business Group, said, "We want olympics.com to become one of the most popular destinations on the Internet. Our Web site will be the only source for real-time results for every athlete, sport and country."

"For fans worldwide, olympics.com provides a virtual seat at the Games," said Laurie Courage, IBM director of Internet Strategies and Web Events. "The site is easy to navigate, fun, comprehensive and educational, and it will feature some of the latest technology, including real-time desktop scoreboards that will provide live access to Olympic results and 'Web Cam' snapshots of Sydney."

IBM's experience in producing and powering record-breaking Web sites for major events, such as Wimbledon and the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, enables the company to handle large traffic volumes on the Internet. IBM anticipates tens of millions of visits to http://www.olympics.com, resulting in more than one billion page views to the site.

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