you wonder where I was the past days - I was in
Ruhpolding at the IBU Biathlon
Worldcup. Well for over 15 years or so, I'm a big Biathlon fan and since
Ruhpolding is 1.5 hours away from my home only, it makes sense to step by there
if the Biathlon world comes over.
Well, while we had pretty good tickets the days before - in the stadium - behind
stand 1 - 3 (so we saw the shootings) - I haven't managed it to get that good
tickets for Sunday too but I was able to get tickets for the course only.
Standing on the slope isn't to bad at all since you see the athletes running and
climbing the hill which is really impressive but well, with more then 22k
visitors yesterday, the good places were occupied pretty early and not just
occupied - the folks stood in 4 - 5 rows where it doesn't made any sense to open
the 5th or 6th row.
So we walked down to a part of the course where not too many others stood and
we was really close to the athletes. That's the good news. The bad news was,
that there was no information about the shootings, the rankings, etc which means
that normally we would be completely clueless what happened on the other part of
the course like who was leading (until we saw the athletes), failed in the
shootings, etc. Until I took my Windows Mobile Pocket PC out of my jacket and
started the Slingplayer Mobile. Fortunately the ARD (one of the German TV
stations) transmitted both races, men and women live, and therefore we was able
to follow the competition live as well:
Unfortunately, E-Plus - my carrier I have a flat UMTS contract with - had
GPRS coverage in Ruhpolding only (and they don't offer EDGE) and therefore video
streaming was impossible. But with Sling Media's Slinplayer Mobile slideshow
mode, where the video gets a refresh every couple of seconds only but where
audio is streamed, we was able to hear the comments and to read the rankings as
well as we got live impressions from the slope.
So if you are joining a live sports event as well, it might be a good idea to
take your Slingplayer equipped mobile device with you as well.
Cheers ~ Arne