Back in the day -- in 1950, say, when this photo was taken -- all you needed to have a really keen winter sports competition were snow, skis, and a rickety judging stand. But the Winter Olympics starting this Friday in Vancouver are a very different kettle of fish, with thousands of competitors straining the city's infrastructure. And because these Olympics take place in the Mysterious Future year of 2010, they'll be tech-savvy in ways the skaters and lugers of yesteryear couldn't have imagined. Join us on a tour of geeky ways to enjoy the games.
Photo courtesy of the University of WIsconsin Digital Collections
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