One of the great things about major global sporting events is that we see technology, innovation and creativity pushed to new levels.
To help fans get closer to the action at the Winter Olympics those clever chaps at Google have attached their streetview camera onto a snowmobile and driven it around the Olympic Venues in Vancouver.
From Google's blog:
You are indeed looking at a snowmobile equipped with our full Street View camera system. In typical scrappy Google fashion, we were able to put this together over the course of a few weekends using extra pieces for our Street View cars, some 2x4s, some duct tape, and a lot of extra hard drives (keeping them running properly in the freezing conditions was one of our major concerns). We got in touch with the folks at Whistler Blackcomb Mountains and Whistler Resort Municipality to discuss our slightly crazy idea, and fortunately they were just as enthusiastic. In fact, they even suggested we also photograph the roads and paths of Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside, so we piled the snowmobile and a trike into a trailer and made our way up to Whistler.
The results are pretty impressive and the closest that I've ever got to Whistler.