Live and on-demand coverage of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, which take place in Lillehammer from February 12th to 21st are available around the world, including virtual reality coverage for the first time in Olympic history. Live coverage of the second edition of the Winter YOG will be available through the IOC’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/Olympics, along with daily on-demand coverage of the sporting action and the festivals happening around Lillehammer, showcasing some of the biggest names in music, arts and culture. For fans in Norway, there will be daily live coverage and highlights on NRK, along with a one-hour magazine show produced by local media students which will be featured on www.lillehammer2016.no
In an Olympic first, the IOC is working with Worldwide TOP Partner Samsung to bring the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympics to life through virtual reality (VR) coverage. The Opening Ceremony on 12 February will be the first ever Olympic ceremony streamed live in VR, and Samsung Gear VR users will be able to enjoy immersive angles of the Olympic torch lighting, the Parade of Nations and other ceremony highlights. Throughout the Games, the IOC will offer, in collaboration with Samsung, daily VR sporting highlights to provide a captivating Winter YOG experience. In order to access the VR content from Lillehammer, viewers will need a Samsung phone and compatible VR gear. Visit olympic.org on your mobile phone for a direct link to the Youth Olympic Games VR experience. GearVR headset users will also be able to access all the Lillehammer 2016 content by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus store.
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.