Google launched the “2008 Summer Games on Google Maps” for viewing live updates from the Games. Last week Google had updated satellite imagery in Beijing, added a detailed bilingual maps in China, and created a collection of 3D stadiums using Google Sketchup.
To track medal counts, click on the ‘Medals’ tab and zoom or pan the map to see updates around the world. Clicking on a country or region will display medal information as it’s received. Use the ‘Events’ tab to view the latest schedules by date, country, and sport. All data–including country and region participants, sport results, and medal counts–is provided through an official feed from the World News Press Agency (WNPA).
By clicking the ‘Earth’ tab, PC users can access the Google Earth plug-in and virtually explore the Beijing Village. All other users are also able to preview the venue information and 3D fly-through videos within the map. If you’d rather follow the Games from your desktop, we’ve launched a Google Earth KML that highlights similar information and provides a unique virtual experience.
Watch: Video tour of the 3D Village