Olympics 2016 – Who to Follow on Social Media

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are officially underway, with no shortage of emotion. American competition swimmer Katie Ledecky set a new world record in the 400m freestyle. Judo sensation Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo won her country’s first ever gold medal, while Michael Phelps took home his 19th gold medal in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

With so many nations and big-name competitors, how can you possibly keep up with all the drama?

While streaming the Olympics is probably one of the best ways to stay connected, social media is also a great resource. With everyone from athletes and reporters to commentators and fans Snapping, Tweeting, and Facebooking the event, social media can enliven and enrich the Olympics. A quick way to get an overview of events or read insightful commentary is to search using the hashtag #Rio2016.

But maybe you’re looking for a specific athlete or team. To help find and follow only who (and what) you want, checkout this post from Twitter that shows hashtags for specific sports and countries.

In addition to hashtags, here are some accounts to follow, broken down by social media network:


Twitter is helpful for keeping tabs on big events and commentary.





@Gaurav Kalra (Senior Editor at ESPNCricinfo.com)

@Kerry Walsh Jennings

@Leslie Jones  (Stand up comedian)


@Rachel Axon  (Olympics & investigative reporter for @usatodaysports)

@Rowdy Gaines (Three Time Olympic Gold medalist,@NBCSports @NBCOlympics @ESPNCommentator)

@Simone Biles


Instagram is best for following athletes on their personal journey.




@alexmorgan13 (women’s soccer)




@Ibtihaj Muhammad (fencing)






Facebook is a bit of both Twitter and Instagram.

NBC Olympics

Team USA

Allyson Felix

Justin Gatlin

Michael Phelps

Missy Franklin

Steven Lopez

Usain Bolt


NBC Olympics

Team USA – US Olympic Team

USA Basketball

Scroll through nbcolympics.com for more athletes, reports, commentators and specific sports to follow on social media.

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