The Best Wit, Wisdom and Inside Dirt from #Olympics Athletes on Twitter

    by Jenny Xie
    August 3, 2012
    As the 2012 London Games progress, the world's best athletes share the ins and outs of their Olympic experience on social media, including this Twitter pic from @LoloJones.

    Since the kickoff of the 2012 Summer Games, there have already been more than 10 million mentions of the term “Olympics” on Twitter. Many of these tweets come from the athletes themselves.

    After today's workout I felt a bit like Michael Jackson, light on my feet with a whole lot of pop." -Andrew Wheating

    Amid the so-called Social Media Olympics, Storify — a website that allows you to create stories from content on various social networks — has become an extremely useful tool for digesting the massive amount of social media output from athletes and fans alike. Storify’s Olympics page showcases all Olympics-related stories and refreshes when reports are updated or new ones are created.


    Over the past week, I’ve been following the endless stream of real-time updates from Olympians’ Twitter accounts and synthesizing a Storify rundown of the most interesting tweets. There have been words of passion and fortitude, displays of national pride and respect for fellow athletes, goofy outlooks, and all in all, just a band of talented people making memories to last a lifetime. Embedded below, these tweet highlights allow us to understand the games from new angles and at new depths.

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