July 18, 2012

If you want the easiest prediction of the Olympics, here it is: The London Games will be huge on social media. (Many are calling it the Socialympics.) For this list of 50 Olympic feeds to follow, we asked our staffers heading to London who they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment. The list intentionally does not include SI staffers at the Olympics, but we encourage you to read all of them on our expansive Olympic page and our main Twitter feed (@SINow). Obviously, we could have chosen plenty of other worthy feeds, but Olympic fans will be well-served with the group below:

This seasoned Olympics reporter has covered the Games for the Los Angeles Times, NBCOlympics.com and now his website, 3wiresports.com.


The AP ace has worked every Olympics since Atlanta and will be a must-follow for the gymnastics action at North Greenwich Arena.


The NBC staffer is one of the best for analysis and information in track and field.

The four-time Olympic medalist from Trinidad and Tobago is an avid tweeter and arguably the best TV analyst in his sport.

His carefree pre-race attitude carries over to his updates -- and photos -- on Twitter.

One of the best American grapplers owns the hash tag #wrestlerproblems.

Posting under the USA Track feed, Branham is great for real-time event standings, results and noteworthy achievements.

The odds-on favorite to be the host nation's first gold medalist in London offers this disclaimer: May cause offence.

A wealth of Olympic knowledge, Clarey has covered 11 Olympic Games.

The four-time Olympic medalist middle-distance runner has been the public face of the London bid.

A member of SI's 2011 Twitter 100 and an 11-time medalist, Coughlin's tweets range from swimming to cooking to Pilates.

The lone caveat: He did go fairly silent during the playoffs. Let's hope he tweets more in London.

He'll be attached at the hip to what looks to be an unbeatable U.S. women's hoops team.

The 200-meter star has been known to award prizes to followers in trivia contests.

Bristol's go-to Olympics source covers it all -- swimming, gymnastics, track and field, cycling and tennis among other sports.

The rising high school senior could win the most medals among women in London.

The three-time Olympic champion and four-time Olympic television commentator will be tweeting from the pool.

U.S. gymnast Wieber's coach isn't afraid to speak his mind. Which is good.

Few are more knowledgeable on the totality of the athletes competing at the Games.

The official feed for the national governing body, including news, links and live scoring.

The swimming sprinter isn't shy on Twitter and here's a bonus: she's engaged to another solid Olympic follow -- Switzerland's @swissdom.

She's covered Olympic swimming and diving since Barcelona 1992 and can also sprinkle in entertainment, having worked the red carpet scene in Los Angeles

He's covered the Olympics since Lake Placid in 1980 and isn't afraid to throw darts (and, of course, the occasional laurel).

She was late to join Twitter but has since sprinted to become a fun follow.

A funhouse feed of everything from track stuff to her love life.

For the gymnastics nut, Lawrence will guide you through all the Tkachevs and Amanars.

A combination of swimming and swag, often with photos to prove it. For huge Lochte fans, also check out brother/roommate @devonlochte and the two women behind his marketing machine -- @eswright and @shawnz3.

The official feed of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The feed from the newspaper's team in London.

Macur has covered multiple Olympics and is an expert in performance-enhancing stories.

The AP ace will be embedded with LeBron, Kobe, Durant and Co. for the duration of the Olympics.

The U.S.' most decorated Olympic gymnast will cover gymnastics for Yahoo! Sports in London.

His bio: Yes, I'm that gay, 2008-Olympic-gold-medal-winning diver dude. And yes, bro, I am quite sick.

Photos, video and articles from the official U.S. broadcaster of the Games.

The official account of NBC's expansive Olympic Research team.

Newberry has covered Olympic swimming and diving since Atlanta 1996. Few are more locked into the sport.

A super-active tweeter who frequently interacts with followers. Also, a baller on the court.

The only question: Will he have time for social media during his hectic Olympic schedule?

The 22-year-old road cyclist takes you inside the peloton with a pull-no-punches style.

The double-leg amputee enjoys the fast life -- cars and cheetahs on social media.

If you want to know something about Team USA, the head of communications for the USOC is the place to turn.

The USAT staffer is a great gatekeeper of interesting Olympic links.

The engaging, outspoken goalie should deliver in social media as well as on the pitch.

The best international swimmer to follow and a wizard with photography who often features his two French bulldogs -- Baxter and Duke Nukem.

The official feed for what should be the showcase event at the Games.

The British publication has been tweeting out great stuff for months.

The official Twitter page of Team USA.

The two-time reigning U.S. champion and 2011 world champion is known for her interest in Justin Bieber.

Wired into the Olympic movers and shakers, he's a must-follow who will be on top of breaking news.

One of the on-the-ground point people for one of the world's great news organizations.

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