Cheering on the Olympians is fun, but you need tools if you want to do it right: cowbells (for Alpine ski racing), Alpenhorns (for ski jumping), irritating airhorns (for no sport, not ever). NBC has thoughtfully provided an iPhone app that plays all of those sounds, and more– see below.
Here are the standard sounds. All of them play when you tap them (warning: they keep playing! Tap again to turn off), but some of them have special triggers. For example, the cowbell plays when you shake it, and the whistle and Alpenhorn play when you blow into your iPhone’s microphone. Fun.
Here are the “Game Sounds.” You can hear the puck being hit (Ice Hockey), the starting countdown and wild cheering (Alpine skiing), and people snoring (Cross Country skiing). You can also record your own cheer. That’s sort of fun. Play it back when you feel like cheering but don’t have the energy.
You can even play the sounds of a Coca-Cola pouring into a glass.
Finally, you can click a link to see video of “Uplifting Moments” on YouTube.
It’s not perfect (it stopped playing sounds after my iPhone’s timer went off, though a restart of the app fixed that), but for free you are definitely getting your money’s worth. I say check it out. Click here to get it from the iTunes Store.