The IOC's rationale for the restrictions is that athletes and their coaches should not serve as journalists -- and that the interests of broadcast rightsholders and accredited media come first.
Yeah! We can't have, like, normal people talking about their own experience without
Participants in the games may respond to written questions from reporters or participate in online chat sessions -- akin to a face-to-face or telephone interview -- but they may not post journals or online diaries, blogs in Internet parlance, until the Games end August 29.
Really, in a way I feel like this is academic, because I think these athletes, specifically the Americans, have bigger things on their minds during these two weeks than getting online. They should be celebrating with their teammates, soaking up the culture of Greece,
To protect lucrative broadcast contracts, athletes and other participants are also prohibited from posting any video, audio or still photos they take themselves, even after the games, unless they get permission ahead of time. (Photos taken by accredited journalists are allowed on the personal sites.)
Gah. Dirty elitist bastards.