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Web Sites Will Be The First Word For Olympic Results

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RALEIGH — The Summer Olympic Games in Sydney are one week away. The world will watch on television, but event coverage will be delayed in our country by the time difference. Those really following the Summer Games will rely on the Internet for quick results.

Everyone wants to see how Marion Jones does in her events, but the first word will come on Web sites.Sydney2000is an unofficial site byFirst Elementin Australia.

The Web site has sophisticated elements that are not found on many sites. It features all kinds of information about events and the history of the Olympics.

Seven people have spent less than five months putting the site together. They claim the site costs less than the official Olympic Web site.

The Web site links toSydneyLinkwhich features virtual tours of Australia, the cities and Olympic venues. There are also 3-D walk-throughs of venues, which give you the "feel" of being there. During the Olympics, the Web site will feature 360-degree pictures from events.

Interactive maps help cyber-visitors navigate through the streets of Sydney. The Web site will soon feature an animated book with hundreds of pages describing the history of every Summer Olympics since 1896, profiles on all events, world records and more.

The Web site is hosted byHostProof California. It also does not have any advertising on Sydney 2000. Developers say they created the Web site because they love what they can do, and it shows.

You will have to download viewers for 3-D walk-throughs, but they are free from the Web site.


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