The self-proclaimed Definitive Unofficial Guide to the Sydney Summer Games offers slick graphics and mouth-watering content. The site's Virtual Tour is a nifty feature that allows visitors a 360-degree perspective with rotating still shots in and around Sydney. Take in the view from the front row of the Equestrian Centre or enjoy a close-up of the red rocks of the Uluru Outback. Pack some Dramamine for possible dizziness.
The Olympic History link is a veritable pocket Wallechinsky: Did you know that the 1912 Stockholm Olympics had artistic competitions in painting and literature?
Another point-and-click, Explore Sydney, breaks out useful information, with pop-up maps and tours, by neighborhoods.
This site, known as Olympics Through Time, is a Hellenic historian's Ph. Delight, spanning from the Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh, in which wrestling is described, to the Olympic revival in 1896.
Click on to the Victors link in the Antiquity section, and you will discover an Olympic-champions database that would impress even Herodotus. While not every winner is listed, it is certainly cool to learn that in 384 B.C., Dikon, a native of Syracuse, won the Diaulos (Race in Armor). Nearly 24 centuries later, thanks to this site, Dikon is receiving the mad props he so deserves.
Entitled Summer Olympics Through the Years, this site focuses on the Games that French baron Pierre de Coubertin revived 104 years ago. Stat freaks will gravitate toward links such as All-Time Medal Standings, 1896-1996. Those who'd like to brush up on Olympics that predate their birth will find a link to a history of each Games written with brevity and clarity.
THREE COOL ATHLETE WEB SITES