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Samsung set for virtual reality first at Lillehammer Games

South Korean electronics company Samsung will deliver Olympic content in virtual reality for the first time during the upcoming winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Samsung will offer spectators in attendance at the multi-sport event the opportunity to view a virtual reality live stream of the Games’ opening ceremony next Friday (February 12).

Fans can access the stream by combining a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with Samsung Gear VR technology.

Samsung will also offer daily virtual reality highlights of various sports such as speed skating, snowboarding, ski jumping and figure skating. This content will be made available for public viewing following each event.

Timo Lumme, managing director of television and marketing services at the IOC, said: “We are honoured to partner with Samsung on this first-of-its-kind virtual reality live streaming offering, just one of the ways that we can ensure boundaries of what are possible for both youths on the ground and those watching remote are constantly being pushed.”

Samsung, which began its support of the Olympics at the 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea, currently serves as a worldwide Olympic partner in the IOC’s wireless communications equipment category.