Question: What do you get when you cross Winter Olympics fever, a national broadcasting network's exclusive contract, and Macromedia Flash animation?
Answer: Off The Podium – a website built by the NBC Broadcating Corp. Now you'd expect the old dinosaur on Rockefeller Plaza to build a clunky site with little content, but no; Off The Podium is an attractive and informative package that's a great diversion while on coffee break.
The 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, has caught a lot of us unaware; but with Off The Podium, you can do a lot of catching up fast. The site is packed with bios of the Olympians; trivia games; photos; as well as blog entries from the athletes themselves.
If you find yourself invited to an Olympics party this winter—whether you'll be watching it on TV or mixing with the athletes themselves—Off The Podium is jam-packed with info on the games, the contenders, and an insight into the personalities of the US team.