2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12
Posted: Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:53AM ; Updated: Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:16PM

Fifty Twitter feeds you need to follow during the London Olympics

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With London poised to be a social Games, SI.com presents 50 must-follow feeds

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's carefree pre-race attitude is in full effect on feed

Others you need to follow: Kevin Durant, Ato Boldon, Missy Franklin and more

By Nick Zaccardi and Richard Deitsch, SI.com

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American hurdler Lolo Jones tweets about everything from track stuff to her love life.

If you want the easiest prediction of the Olympics, here it is: The London Games will be huge on social media. (Many are calling it the Socialympics.) For this list of 50 Olympic feeds to follow, we asked our staffers heading to London who they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment. The list intentionally does not include SI staffers at the Olympics, but we encourage you to read all of them on our expansive Olympic page and our main Twitter feed (@SINow). Obviously, we could have chosen plenty of other worthy feeds, but Olympic fans will be well-served with the group below:

Alan Abrahamson, Olympic writer


This seasoned Olympics reporter has covered the Games for the Los Angeles Times, NBCOlympics.com and now his website, 3wiresports.com.

Nancy Armour, AP National Writer


The AP ace has worked every Olympics since Atlanta and will be a must-follow for the gymnastics action at North Greenwich Arena.

Joe Battaglia, NBC Olympics Sr. Web Producer


The NBC staffer is one of the best for analysis and information in track and field.

Ato Boldon, NBC Olympics track analyst


The four-time Olympic medalist from Trinidad and Tobago is an avid tweeter and arguably the best TV analyst in his sport.

Usain Bolt, Jamaican 100-, 200-meter runner


His carefree pre-race attitude carries over to his updates -- and photos -- on Twitter.

Jordan Burroughs, U.S. wrestler


One of the best American grapplers owns the hash tag #wrestlerproblems.

Katie Branham, USA Track and Field marketing & communications coordinator


Posting under the USA Track feed, Branham is great for real-time event standings, results and noteworthy achievements.

Mark Cavendish, British cyclist


The odds-on favorite to be the host nation's first gold medalist in London offers this disclaimer: May cause offence.

Christopher Clarey, International Herald Tribune and New York Times Olympic writer


A wealth of Olympic knowledge, Clarey has covered 11 Olympic Games.

Seb Coe, London Organizing Committee Chair


Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant toned down his tweeting during the NBA playoffs. Hopefully, he tweets more from the London Games.
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The four-time Olympic medalist middle-distance runner has been the public face of the London bid.

Natalie Coughlin, U.S. swimmer


A member of SI's 2011 Twitter 100 and an 11-time medalist, Coughlin's tweets range from swimming to cooking to Pilates.

Kevin Durant. U.S. basketball player


The lone caveat: He did go fairly silent during the playoffs. Let's hope he tweets more in London.

Doug Feinberg, AP national women's basketball writer


He'll be attached at the hip to what looks to be an unbeatable U.S. women's hoops team.

Allyson Felix, U.S. 100-, 200-meter runner


The 200-meter star has been known to award prizes to followers in trivia contests.

Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN.com Olympic writer


Bristol's go-to Olympics source covers it all -- swimming, gymnastics, track and field, cycling and tennis among other sports.

Missy Franklin, U.S. swimmer


The rising high school senior could win the most medals among women in London.

Rowdy Gaines, NBC Olympics swimming analyst


The three-time Olympic champion and four-time Olympic television commentator will be tweeting from the pool.

John Geddert, gymnastics coach


U.S. gymnast Wieber's coach isn't afraid to speak his mind. Which is good.

Alex Goldberger, NBC Olympics researcher


Few are more knowledgeable on the totality of the athletes competing at the Games.

USA Gymnastics


The official feed for the national governing body, including news, links and live scoring.

Jessica Hardy, U.S. breaststroke, freestyle swimmer


The swimming sprinter isn't shy on Twitter and here's a bonus: she's engaged to another solid Olympic follow -- Switzerland's @swissdom.

Beth Harris, AP Sports Writer


She's covered Olympic swimming and diving since Barcelona 1992 and can also sprinkle in entertainment, having worked the red carpet scene in Los Angeles

Phil Hersh, Chicago Tribune Olympic writer


He's covered the Olympics since Lake Placid in 1980 and isn't afraid to throw darts (and, of course, the occasional laurel).

Carmelita Jeter, U.S. 100-, 200-meter runner


She was late to join Twitter but has since sprinted to become a fun follow.

Lolo Jones, U.S. 100-meter hurdler


A funhouse feed of everything from track stuff to her love life.

Blythe Lawrence, Freelance Writer


For the gymnastics nut, Lawrence will guide you through all the Tkachevs and Amanars.

Ryan Lochte, U.S. swimmer


A combination of swimming and swag, often with photos to prove it. For huge Lochte fans, also check out brother/roommate @devonlochte and the two women behind his marketing machine -- @eswright and @shawnz3.

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The official feed of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London Live, New York Times Olympic feed


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Expect there to be plenty of tweeted photos throughout the London Games.
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The feed from the newspaper's team in London.

Juliet Macur, Olympics writer, New York Times


Macur has covered multiple Olympics and is an expert in performance-enhancing stories.

Brian Mahoney, AP Sports Writer


The AP ace will be embedded with LeBron, Kobe, Durant and Co. for the duration of the Olympics.

Shannon Miller, retired U.S. gymnast


The U.S.' most decorated Olympic gymnast will cover gymnastics for Yahoo! Sports in London.

Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver


His bio: Yes, I'm that gay, 2008-Olympic-gold-medal-winning diver dude. And yes, bro, I am quite sick.



Photos, video and articles from the official U.S. broadcaster of the Games.

NBC Olympics Research


The official account of NBC's expansive Olympic Research team.

Paul Newberry, AP National Writer


Newberry has covered Olympic swimming and diving since Atlanta 1996. Few are more locked into the sport.

Candace Parker, U.S. women's basketball player


A super-active tweeter who frequently interacts with followers. Also, a baller on the court.

Michael Phelps. U.S. swimmer


The only question: Will he have time for social media during his hectic Olympic schedule?

Taylor Phinney, U.S. cyclist


The 22-year-old road cyclist takes you inside the peloton with a pull-no-punches style.

Oscar Pistorius, South African 400-meter runner


The double-leg amputee enjoys the fast life -- cars and cheetahs on social media.

Patrick Sandusky, USOC Chief Communications Officer


If you want to know something about Team USA, the head of communications for the USOC is the place to turn.

Roxanna Scott, USA Today Olympic editor


The USAT staffer is a great gatekeeper of interesting Olympic links.

Hope Solo, U.S. soccer goalkeeper


The engaging, outspoken goalie should deliver in social media as well as on the pitch.

Eamon Sullivan, Australian freestyle swimmer


The best international swimmer to follow and a wizard with photography who often features his two French bulldogs -- Baxter and Duke Nukem.

USA Swimming


The official feed for what should be the showcase event at the Games.

Telegraph Olympics, (London) Telegraph's Olympic feed


The British publication has been tweeting out great stuff for months.

United States Olympic Committee


The official Twitter page of Team USA.

Jordyn Wieber, U.S. gymnast


The two-time reigning U.S. champion and 2011 world champion is known for her interest in Justin Bieber.

Stephen Wilson, AP European sports editor


Wired into the Olympic movers and shakers, he's a must-follow who will be on top of breaking news.

Ollie Williams, BBC Olympic reporter


One of the on-the-ground point people for one of the world's great news organizations.

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