10 Must-Have Olympic iPhone Apps

iPhone Apps that inform, entertain during the Winter Olympics

Technology at this year’s Vancouver Winter Games is not just limited to the scoring, the TV coverage or the athletes. People who own an iPhone can use their device to play winter games, check TV schedules and follow the medal counts. Here’s a list of 10 iPhone apps you should get before the games begin: 2010Guide – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator Guide (Free)

Olympic iPhone app
This location-aware app gives details on more than 2,000 sporting and cultural events taking place over the 17 days of the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Geared towards people attending the games, the app can tell you what event is taking place and how close it is to your current location. If you’re not attending the games, the app can detect the time zone you’re in and give you the appropriate schedule, provide Olympic news, results and medal counts, and there’s a fun video with an Olympic mascot when you shake the phone. NBC Olympics on AT&T (Free)

Olympic iPhone app
NBC’s app includes video clips, highlights, news stories, results and TV schedules. You can set up push notifications for favorite events, to be notified when an event will be televised. Social network aspects includes the ability to follow some athletes on Facebook or Twitter. Cowbell2010 ($0.99)

Olympic iPhone app
This turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into an alpine cowbell, covered with the flag of your choice. When you shake your phone, the cowbell clangs. The app also features a Twitter feed following athletes, a complete event schedule and real-time medal tally. NBC Olympics Cheer presented by Coca-Cola (Free)

Olympic iPhone app
This is a cute little sound board application that turns your iPhone into a cowbell, air horn, whistle or USA! crowd cheer. Shaking the phone provides the cowbell sound, and if you blow into the microphone you can do the whistle and air horn. The limited speakers on your iPhone would likely drown out the sounds if you were at a real event, but if you’re watching at home you can hear it just fine. Or you can use it at the next board meeting. Free WiFi Vancouver (Free)

Olympic iPhone app
Again, if you’re going to the games, this app will help you find a café or restaurant that offers a free Wi-Fi hot spot. Locations are stored on the device, and you can list the cafes based on your geographic location or select a neighborhood name or ZIP code. Shaun White Snowboarding: Origins ($0.99, or free LITE version)

Olympic iPhone app
By the end of these Olympics you may be sick of Shaun White (or maybe you already are), but if you’re a fan of the U.S. snowboarder you should check out this snowboarding game. The game includes more than 50 different snowboarding tricks and combinations, and offers four different locations – Chile, Japan, Spain and the USA. The game includes 3D graphics and Shaun offers a personal tutorial explaining the game. Ski Jump ($2.99 or free Lite version)

Olympic iPhone app
This game has two game modes, an interactive tutorial and 3-D ski jumping action, as well as the ability to compete locally with other players. The game also lets you listen to your own music while playing the game. The full version offers larger jumps, more sensitive controls, narrower landing and harder competition. Curling Glossary ($0.99)

Olympic iPhone app
Back in 2002, my wife and I were in London when the Salt Lake City Olympics were happening, and the coverage from the BBC centered around the women’s curling team from the U.K., which medaled. Sometimes referred to as "shuffleboard on ice," curling is one of those winter sports mocked by U.S. observers, but in the off chance you’re watching the coverage, this glossary can give you a good sense of the different terminologies of the event. Other glossaries for other sports in the Olympics are also available. Cool Curlings ($0.99 or free LITE version)
Olympic iPhone app
A fun curling game that has you helping the Jamaican curling team trying to qualify for the Olympics. You can play against another player or take part in 15 challenges along the way. Teams you have to compete against include Canada, the U.S., Vatican City and Easter Island. A more serious curling game is offered by Age of Curling ($3.99). Ice Bullet ($0.99)

Olympic iPhone app
This bobsled game offers 3D bobsledding action, letting you tilt your iPhone and take every turn, and in “run mode” you tap on each side to build up speed before the race. The game includes several tracks and bobsled options, and includes support for AGON Online, a social gaming platform that includes online leaderboards, location-aware scoring and friends lists.

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