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.
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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

@alanabrahamson

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

@nrarmour

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

@joebattaglianbc

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

Ato Boldon, NBC Olympics track analyst

@atoboldon

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

@usainbolt

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

Jordan Burroughs, U.S. wrestler

@alliseeisgold

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

Katie Branham, USA Track and Field marketing & communications coordinator

@USATrack_Field

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

Mark Cavendish, British cyclist

@markcavendish

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

@christophclarey

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

Seb Coe, London Organizing Committee Chair

@sebcoe

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

@nataliecoughlin

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

@KDTrey5

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

@dougfeinberg

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

@allysonfelix

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

Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN.com Olympic writer

@Bonnie_D_Ford

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

@franklinmissy

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

Rowdy Gaines, NBC Olympics swimming analyst

@rowdygaines

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

John Geddert, gymnastics coach

@johnggeddert

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

Alex Goldberger, NBC Olympics researcher

@alexgoldberger

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

USA Gymnastics

@USAGym

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

Jessica Hardy, U.S. breaststroke, freestyle swimmer

@swimhardy

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

@bethharrisap

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

@olyphil

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

@carmelitajeter

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

Lolo Jones, U.S. 100-meter hurdler

@lolojones

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

Blythe Lawrence, Freelance Writer

@GymExaminer

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

Ryan Lochte, U.S. swimmer

@ryanlochte

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.

London 2012

@London2012

The official feed of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London Live, New York Times Olympic feed

@londonlive

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Expect there to be plenty of tweeted photos throughout the London Games.
Andy Clark /Reuters

The feed from the newspaper's team in London.

Juliet Macur, Olympics writer, New York Times

@julietmacur

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

Brian Mahoney, AP Sports Writer

@briancmahoney

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

Shannon Miller, retired U.S. gymnast

@shannonmiller96

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

Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver

@matthew_mitcham

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

NBCOlympics.com

@NBCOlympics

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

NBC Olympics Research

@NBCOlyResearch

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

Paul Newberry, AP National Writer

@pnewberry1963

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

@Candace_Parker

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

Michael Phelps. U.S. swimmer

@michaelphelps

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

Taylor Phinney, U.S. cyclist

@taylorphinney

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

Oscar Pistorius, South African 400-meter runner

@oscarpistorius

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

Patrick Sandusky, USOC Chief Communications Officer

@PatrickSandusky

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

@roxscott

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

Hope Solo, U.S. soccer goalkeeper

@hopesolo

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

Eamon Sullivan, Australian freestyle swimmer

@eamon_sullivan

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

USA Swimming

@USA_Swimming

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

Telegraph Olympics, (London) Telegraph's Olympic feed

@Telegraph2012

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

United States Olympic Committee

@USOlympic

The official Twitter page of Team USA.

Jordyn Wieber, U.S. gymnast

@jordyn_wieber

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

@stevewilsonap

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

@bbcsport_ollie

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

 
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