Andy Baio over at Waxy has posted a great little write-up on the evolution of Olympics Games pirating between 2004 and 2008.
Back in 2004, the place to go for illegal Olympic videos wasn't BitTorrent, popular trackers like Suprnova, or mainstream P2P clients. The best coverage, surprisingly, was found in the old-school Usenet binaries. It was a mish-mash of events, skewed heavily towards events with bikini-clad women, Brazilians, or bikini-clad Brazilian women, but other popular events and the opening ceremonies also showed up.
Today, the event coverage in Usenet is just as sporadic, but the quality is dramatically better... But the trend for this year is clear – Usenet passed the torch to BitTorrent.
Especially interesting: according to a chart by Mark Guggenheim, 65% of all Olympics footage BitTorrenting is being done within China. Probably because no one was actually allowed in to see the games.