Now, perhaps more than any other Olympic Games in history, people are turning to Twitter to stay up to date on all the happenings from Team USA and beyond. Conversely, due to NBC’s decision to tape-delay many of the main events, many viewers are avoiding the site, as well.
But for those Twitter fiends who can’t get enough of all the Olympic action, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of the top 10 accounts to follow – from the athletes going for gold in London, to the Hollywood insiders cheering eagerly from the sidelines.
1. Michael Phelps: The 27-year-old record-breaking swimmer is no rookie in social media. Since winning his 19th medal on Tuesday, Phelps has been on the receiving end of countless congratulatory tweets, taking time to respond to a select group of fans and teammates. But when he’s not basking in the glow of his own stardom, Phelps offers a close-up look at his medals, training sessions and life in general through a series of photos and 140-character snippets of personal reflection.
2. Samuel L. Jackson: The actor appears to be fully invested in all things Olympic, tweeting enthusiastic and colorful commentary for nearly every sport represented: gymnastics, beach volleyball, diving, swimming, badminton, judo, cycing and basketball, to name a few. And he’s certainly not disheartened by NBC’s tape-delay, tweeting: “FUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAHHHHHHH! U didn't spoil it for me! Still feels BRAND NEW!” Since the start of the Games on July 27, Jackson has literally written about nothing else.
3. Kevin Love: The Olympic basketball player remains committed to keeping up his Twitter account, posting photos, updates and fun facts, without spamming up your homepage with responses to fans.
4. NBC Delayed: A snarky account offering stale headlines including “Breaking” news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, Michael Phelps’ fourth gold medal win and Richard Nixon’s resignation. “We have misplaced the Olympic tapes, we’ll be playing a few episodes of M*A*S*H that our intern found in the closet,” one tweet teases.
5. Jordyn Wieber: A sugary sweet timeline filled with Olympic spirit, support and big dreams.
6. Ryan Lochte: He may not be the most eloquent in interviews, but the gold medalist speaks always his mind on Twitter. Oh, and his background reads: “I’m a Lochtenator. Jeah! #LochteNation”
7. Hope Solo: A photo- and opinion-heavy feed, the Dancing With the Stars alum says what she thinks and doesn’t mince words when criticizing commentators (or when she’s congratulating teammates).
8. Lolo Jones: A lighthearted and cheery account filled with photos and yes, some spoilers.
9. NBC Olympics: Of course, for the most official Olympics news, look no further than NBC’s officially sanctioned account. In case you missed any of the action, find video highlights, up-to-the-minute updates and fun facts on the extensive feed.
10. Ryan Seacrest: While in London as an NBC contributor, the multihyphenate is keeping followers in the loop on all his star sightings, athlete run-ins, meal choices and, of course, snapshots.
Email: Sophie.Schillaci@thr.com; Twitter: @SophieSchillaci