Special Online Coverage of the Olympics for AOL Members from the Ski Slopes to Souvenir Stands

February 3, 1998

Olympic Athletes and AOL Members Communicate Across Continents During the Games Dulles, VA, February 3, 1998 -Today AOL Networks, the Internet online services division of America Online, Inc., [NYSE: AOL] introduced The Games at Nagano, an AOL Network and Sports Channel Special, which will offer Olympic news without delay, live online chats with participating athletes, medal counts, a community of sport enthusiasts in the AOL Grandstand, and a 360 degree view from an Olympic ski jump -- all at Keyword: Nagano. Unrestricted by deadlines and time differences, AOL will report on every competition as it occurs - before many other news or entertainment media - allowing members to participate in the Olympics as spectators from a virtual "Grandstand." AOL will also follow six Olympians as they chronicle their experience in Nagano and respond to questions submitted, not from news commentators, but from fans at home. Available now, AOL members will experience The Games at Nagano through the following programming: Instant News/Results as they happen: Olympic fans who subscribe to AOL will know the cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, and hockey outcomes instantaneously as the news is delivered without delay. A team of AOL producers will be working around the clock to report the heroes, the outcomes, and the events that make history. AOL members will know if Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski or another figure skater earns the gold the instant the competition ends shortly after 5am Eastern time, February 15! Olympic Journals: Fans who subscribe to AOL can talk with the athletes representing them throughout the three weeks of competition courtesy of Athlete Direct. Select athletes will give members first hand insight into the excitement of the Olympic experience, from their arrivals in Nagano, the camaraderie among Olympians, practices, and trials, to the long awaited competitions and the story of attained goals or missed opportunities. The Games at Nagano features weekly journals from Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick, first time Olympians, US hockey team members and childhood friends. Anaheim Mighty Duck and Finnish hockey team member Teemu Selanne will also contribute a weekly journal. Luger Cammy Myler, Figure Skater Michael Weiss, and Speed Skater Casey FitzRandolph will be answering questions from AOL members as well. CBS Sportsline: AOL is working hand in hand with CBS, the official network of the '98 Winter Olympic games, bringing exclusive coverage of the Olympics - from slideshows to news commentaries - straight to AOL members. [Slideshows link sounds and images together to create a cool multimedia show viewable at any time.] CBS Sportsline, one of the most popular sports sites on the Web, provides AOL members with instant access - through its continuous presence on the main screen of the AOL Sports Channel - to the site's comprehensive coverage of the sports world. The AOL Medal Counter: AOL members get the running gold count with the online medal counter which updates on your computer screen each time a medal is awarded. Fans don't need to worry about missing the results of the luge finals if they're tied up at work or traveling - it's always available on the desktop or laptop. The AOL Grandstand: The AOL Grandstand is the place to find the perspective and opinions of the most loyal US Olympic team supporters. Founded by AOL's die-hard community of sport enthusiasts in 1985 as a place to talk sports, the AOL Grandstand has grown to become one of AOL's most popular online communities. Souvenir Shop: CBS Olympic merchandise is available in the Souvenir Shop. Collectors who can't make it to Nagano won't miss the posters, hats and T-shirts that are must haves. Available during the Games: 360 Degree View: Take your seat and prepare to explore as AOL takes you up a mountain to the ski jump, twirling around the Olympic ice rink, and down the city streets for a look around Nagano. IPIX technology places a 360 degree photograph on America Online and gives the ability to "look" around the entire photo by using arrow keys. This creates the illusion of being inside the area or room which has been photographed. AOL will bring these and more views from the Olympic village to AOL member's homes. Media Metrix's latest report, which measures both online and Web usage for December 1997, confirms The AOL Sports Channel as the # 1 sports presence in cyberspace.

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