A well qualified field of free app contenders has made its way to your smartphone’s app store, in time for this year’s Summer Olympics in London, now in full swing. Whether you want athlete bios, a real-time medal count, detailed event schedules or to locate your Olympic twin, a free download can connect you to the updates you crave, on the go.

1. The London 2012 Olympic Results App is a free app offered by the Olympic Organizing Committee that offers results in all sports included at the Summer Games. Real-time results are paired with photos, commentary and the latest developments from Olympic venues. Set reminders for can’t-miss events, keep tabs on the medal count, and follow specific countries or athletes.

2. An official app offered by the United States Olympic Committee, Team USA 2012 Road to London, offers a look into how U.S. athletes make the Olympic team and realize their Olympic dream in London. Also featuring Paralympic athletes, the app’s “cheer” button offers a way to send messages to competitors via social media.

Those who download the app have access to athlete bios, photos and videos, and are directly linked to a Team USA store where they can further support the team by purchasing official gear.

3. NBC’s flagship Olympics app features live updates on all the Olympic action, including news coverage, photos and videos, event results and direct links to follow the athletes, teams and sports that most interest you. The app also connects to social media platforms where users can follow their favorites and engage with other fans.

Free for television viewers with packages including CNBC and MSNBC, the NBC Olympics "Live Extra" App provides live streaming of events and also offers full replays of all 302 Olympic events.

Find out about both offerings from NBC here.

4. If Olympic fever has awakened your virtual competitor within, install the London 2012 Official Mobile Game, which lets you compete in nine events featured at the Olympics. Test your skill in several track and field events, swimming and archery, set in digital versions of 2012 Olympic venues.

Free and paid ($1.99) versions are available, with eight language choices, customizable athlete avatars and game modes with graduated difficulty.

5. The host country’s namesake television network, BBC, has developed some impressive ways to connect viewers to the Olympic Games in its capital city. While not an app per se, our list would not be complete without a mention of the BBC Olympic Athlete Body Match.

Plug in your height and weight, and the site will spit out names, photos and stats on Olympic athletes from around the globe who share those same characteristics.

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