These websites cover topics related to the Olympics and development. The sites include a variety of sources, such as the official Olympic resources, development organizations, and insights into the business of the bid. This list is by no means comprehensive, so please let us know (cmu.bid (at) gmail (dot) com) if you find any similarly useful resources.
Gamesbids.com is a one-stop-shop for unbiased information on the past, current and future Olympic Bid process, and the candidate city bids from around the world.
The Official Olympic website
The home page of the Official Olympic site is a an access point for the Games, athletes, host countries, governance and planning of the Olympics and supporting events, historical celebration of the Olympics, and much more.
Olympics Studies Centre
The Olympics Studies Centre is an unmatched resource for research, teaching or publications that support learning and education for improving future Games, and disseminating information on the Olympic legacy.
LA 84 Foundation
The LA 84 Foundation is a legacy from the 1084 Los Angeles Olympic Games. They are able to provide some bid documents after a request and for compensation.
Inside the Games
This site is a master news source and middle man for all things mega sport-events. It tracks daily news feeds for the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, etc, and provides histories and links to additional organizations, sports-specific sites and information by country.
Around the Rings
“For more than 20 years, Ed Hula and his team of correspondents have been on the scene of virtually every important event on the Olympic calendar.” This site is devoted as much to the Olympics as a whole, as it is to illuminating the importance of the bid process.
Traffic21 is a research initiative of Carnegie Mellon University with a goal to “design, test, deploy and evaluate information and communications technology based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region.” Basically, they find cool ways to make the trip from A to B better.
EMBARQ is one of the most influential transportation innovators in emerging and developing countries, including Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Andean Region. This site details their environmental and sustainability focuses, which align seamlessly with the evolving goals of Olympic legacy.
Professor Philippe Bovy
A Professor of transport at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne. He is also IOC transport advisor since 1997 and active on Olympic Games transport since 1980 Sarajevo Winter Games preparation.