Tom Feuer skittered around the San Francisco offices of Quokka Sports searching for a functioning computer. "You've just got to see the virtual canoe-kayaking course we just created," Feuer, the coordinating producer of nbcolympics.com, said. "But it looks as if a few of our servers are taking the day off."
Feuer's Olympic ambitions rival those of Marion Jones. "We've got 43 features on Australia alone," he says. "Whereas NBC only has time to do a three-minute feature on [Ethiopian distance runner] Fatuma Roba, we can give you three hours. We have the Simulcam, which superimposes two athletes—for example in swimming, Jenny Thompson's start off the blocks on Dara Torres's—to compare their form. Then we have [1984 triple-gold-medal freestyler] Rowdy Gaines analyze why one form is superior."
A veteran of six Olympics, Feuer's entr�e into the Games came in 1984 when he dropped out of UCLA for a quarter to compile athlete bios for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. Today Feuer edits a site that by the Sept. 14 opening ceremonies will have almost 1,000 athlete bios on it. "Because of the time-zone-difference issues, people may use us initially as the Olympics' electronic TV Guide" says Feuer, referring to the fact that the Internet will serve as a daily preview of NBC's prime-time, tape-delayed event coverage. "But once they visit the site, they'll see that we have a lot more to offer." If anything, almost too much. If the Olympic motto is citius, altius, fortius, then nbcolympics.com's is copious.