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Can’t keep up with what’s been going on in the social media world? Fret not. Here, a gathering of what the stars have been up to this week on social media.
Zac Efron Hearts Simone Biles (and the Rest of the U.S. Gymnastics Team)
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles let it be known that she has a crush on Zac Efron, proudly showing off her life-size cutout of the heartthrob on NBC Nightly News. Efron showed some love right back at Biles and her teammates with heart hands. All together now: Awww!
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) August 9, 2016
thanks so much! you’re the best https://t.co/PUQphNMxuM
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 12, 2016
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) August 10, 2016
“I Got This”
If you’re in need of some motivational words, look no further than gold-medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez. The gymnast mouthed “I got this” before she took on the beam with a perfect cat eye and landed in a full split. The Final Five — Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas — took the gold medal in gymnastics with standout makeup and hair.
— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) August 10, 2016
Taylor Swift congratulated the Team USA gymnastics quintet (#FinalFive) on Twitter, much to the delight of team captain Aly Raisman. In return, the pint-sized powerhouse invited the pop star to go on a shopping date in Boston. Too bad Swifty isn’t on tour anymore — the Final Five are total squad goals onstage.
@taylorswift13 I your song 22 because I’m 22 hehe… And next time you’re in Boston lets go shopping
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 10, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Long-Lost Twin
Olympic archer Brady Ellison’s game face looks eerily similar to Leonardo DiCaprio’s (a la The Revenant) — so much so that when a Twitter user tweeted out the resemblance, it quickly got picked up by Twitter Moments and resulted in an influx of Internet memes, GIFs and heart-eyed emojis. When asked about the comparison, Ellison told the Associated Press: “He is a good-looking dude, so I guess it’s a compliment.” Trust us, it’s a compliment.
— Kyle Davis (@TheDaringPastry) August 6, 2016
Gigi Hadid’s Sweet Tweet
Supermodel Gigi Hadid posted a collage of Doaa Elghobashy, a Muslim volleyball player for Egypt, with a heartfelt sentiment of togetherness. Elghobashy’s representing Egypt as part of the nation’s first beach-volleyball team.
Why the Olympics are truly gold. Togetherness. pic.twitter.com/ak6HS68yEb
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) August 10, 2016
Kevin Durant and Katie Ledecky’s Maryland Pride
“It’s just a Maryland thing!!” captioned Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant on Instagram. Durant and swimmer Katie Ledecky both hail from the Old Line State, and they took a second to snap a photo together after Ledecky’s 800-meter freestyle gold-medal win. Other Rio gold medalist from Maryland not pictured: Michael Phelps. Maybe there’s something in the water? According to Washingtonian magazine, athletes that hail from the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) have the highest medal count so far.
A photo posted by Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper) on
Reese Witherspoon Takes a Dive
On Thursday, Reese Witherspoon posted a Super 8-filtered clip of her diving as an homage to Team USA swimmer Katie Ledecky. Everything from the dive to Witherspoon’s enviable bod was praised — but what everyone really wanted to know was what app she used. After some research, we discovered that the actress used the Vintage Film Camera app, a retro cinematic video recorder that makes it easy to re-create that Super 8 look. You’re welcome.
A video posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on
Most Engaged Olympians
Social media metrics site Shareablee reported Thursday the top five Olympians with the highest social engagement (likes, comments, shares dislikes and retweets across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube), with female athletes taking the top spots. Aly Raisman’s Instagram posts (featuring her teammates) were among the most engaging, generating more than 202K actions. Biles came in second, generating 114,000 actions with her tweet that featured her teammates on the podium with their gold medals. Michael Phelps, Team USA soccer player Alex Morgan and Serena Williams rounded out the top spots in third, fourth and fifth places, respectively. You can find more information here.
A photo posted by Alexandra Raisman (@alyraisman) on
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