How to watch the ConnectU founders row in the Olympics

It's not every day that you get to see social-network entrepreneurs striving for Olympic glory. Whether or not you think these guys had a case against Facebook, you can still watch them go for the gold.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have been in the press a lot recently for being "those guys who sued Facebook." As two of the three founders of ConnectU, they had accused Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of intellectual property theft long before he was Silicon Valley's youngest billionaire. Unfortunately, courts didn't tend to side with the brothers Winklevoss, largely because the dorm-room start-up didn't have formal paperwork to prove a breach of contract.

That case has been settled (though ConnectU has contested it), and the Winklevosses--a pair of six-foot, five-inch identical twins with a penchant for wearing matching outfits--are in pursuit of something else. They're on the U.S. Olympic rowing team in Beijing , participating in the men's pair event (referred to in shorthand as M2-). That means they're in a two-person boat, each with one oar; not to be confused with the men's double event (M2x), in which each of the rowers has two oars.

Want to see these guys row? You can watch it online starting very, very early on Saturday morning. The NBC Olympics site will be streaming the first set of rowing heats starting at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Beijing time, and the Winklevosses will be in the first heat of the men's pair event, which goes off at 4:10 p.m. That's 4:10 a.m. Eastern time, or 1:10 a.m. Pacific time. They'll be up against teams from Italy, France, Canada, and Poland; if they place first, second, or third, the U.S. pair will go straight to the semifinal on Wednesday. If not, they'll have another shot at it during a repechage event on Sunday.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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