12 U.S. Olympic Athletes You Should Be Following On Twitter—Now

Tweets from top American athletes

Before we jump into the list of the best U.S. Olympic athletes to follow on Twitter, let’s get real for a second. The people we've picked—well, they’re athletes. They’re not (usually) committed writers, comedians or social media gurus. So even though we’ve compiled 12 great accounts, sometimes Twitter feeds just…aren’t that interesting. And that’s okay! Because when it comes down to it, everyone listed here could kick my (and your) ass in running, jumping, swimming, hell, in just wearing spandex, and at the end of the day that’s exactly why we loved them in the first place. Twitter personality is just a bonus.[slideshow:547]

Not to mention that this is the first Olympic games so wholly enveloped in the social media stream. So much so, in fact, that for the first time the Games put out official Social Media Guidelines for the athletes (probably to stop them from Tweeting about the crazy after-parties). But even with certain restrictions (which will likely be broken), Twitter gives us plebians an inside-track into the lives of elite athletes and into the inner workings of the Games themselves. Which is awesome.

So, without further ado, we bring to you U.S. Olympian Twitter feeds you should be following—now.