Road To The Olympic Games

Rio Olympic 2016

Virtual Reality comes to CBC's Olympic coverage

Never before has Virtual Reality been used at the Olympics. That all changes on Friday, as CBC brings you the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Virtual Reality, sponsored by VISA.

New technology brings viewers closer to the action

CBC's Virtual Reality experience brings you closer than ever to the Olympic action in Rio. (YouTube)

CBC Sports is adding a new dimension to our coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — Virtual Reality.

You may have heard of VR, especially if you play games or are into new, innovative ways of watching sports. Companies around the world are perfecting this new technology that puts you right into the middle of an event. The sound and the images are so close you can see the sweat on the athlete's bodies and it seems as if you are mere metres away from the field of play.   

With VR, it's not unusual for someone to duck out of the way as they watch an intense competition.

Never before has it been used at the Olympics. That all changes on Friday, as we bring you the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Virtual Reality, sponsored by VISA.

The NBA and the NFL are two professional sports leagues that are bringing this technology to their teams and fans. Their executives are doing everything they can to enhance the audience experience, and this is one of their alternatives. The Dallas Cowboys are even using Virtual Reality as a training module.  

Here are some of the events that VISA is bringing to you through Virtual Reality during the Olympics:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Closing Ceremony
  • 4 days of beach volleyball
  • 2 days of boxing
  • 2 days of artistic gymnasitcs
  • 1 day of fencing
  • 4 days of track and field
  • 2 days of basketball
  • 1 day of diving