Sochi Winter Olympics On The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Keeping up with the Sochi Winter Olympics when you’re on the run is easy with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

Thanks to the great people at Verizon Wireless and their kick ass 4G LTE coverage in St. Louis I’m able to stay up to date with everything Sochi Winter Olympics.

Here are my top 3 websites/apps that keep me informed even when I’m out and about.

1) Thrive Sports (

Thrive Sports Home Page

Screen shot of Thrive Sports Home Page on the Galaxy Tab 2

(If y’all will allow me I’ll do a little self-plug for the amateur and Olympics sports hub I write for.)

What is Thrive Sports? I think the managing editor Sean Jensen said it best in this interview with Chicago sportswriter Ed Sherman’s Sherman Report.

Thrive Sports is a media hub built to connect sports fans, athletes, and world-class sports organizations from around the world. We aim to originate and curate pieces that engage and inspire sports fans through pictures, stories and videos. We want to provide avid fans of less mainstream sports a forum to share and connect – while also bringing something fresh to the stories that are already getting attention.

Here is my most recent piece on Canadian free skiing gold medalist Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic. I love the Bilodeau brothers.

2) Vulkano Multimedia System and accompanying app from Monsoon Multimedia.

Vulkano Personal DVR (Screen Shot)

Vulkano Personal DVR (Screen Shot)

Vulkano is basically a personal DVR system. We’ve had one for about two years now. We used the Slingbox/Slingplayer until it finally died on us after three years. We found that the Vulkano was a little more affordable at the time.

I can record TV programs and have access to “my” TV from just about anywhere there’s a cellular signal. I can access my home DVR via my laptop and more importantly through the Vulkano mobile app offered in iTunes and Google Play.

I’ll probably be watching (more like listening to) the U.S. Men’s hockey team take on Canada Friday morning on my way to Indianapolis. It’s my annual pilgrimage to Sports Illustrated’s MMQB Peter King’s annual combine tweet up.

3) Samsung WOW App

Here’s a nice write-up about the WOW app via Sports Business Daily.

What sets it apart from other sports apps?


Samsung WOW app menu (screen shot)

WOW has “an aggregation for cheers between separate countries competing in a single sport, push notifications on medal results, rules of winter sports, and a Gametracker feature for curling and other sports,” per SBD staff writer Mickle.

I’m still finding my way around in the app but I like it so far.

My favorite features are probably the “Favorites and Alerts” and the “Media” section.

The only thing that would make this (nearly) perfect is if they had online streaming of live Olympics events.

So what is your “go to” device and apps for watching the Sochi Winter Olympics?