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Usain Bolt, Jordyn Wieber & More Olympians to Follow on Twitter (Photos)

What are Usain Bolt and Jordyn Wieber up to in London? A look at this Games’ gold medalists of tweets.

The Games are under way! When fan favorites like Ryan Lochte, Oscar Pistorius, and Lolo Jones aren’t competing, they’re tweeting the details of Olympic life. Here are the 11 Olympians you should be following on Twitter.

Twitter / @lolojones

@lolojones

U.S. hurdler LoLo Jones will engage with just about anyone via Twitter. This witty and gorgeous athlete tweets about the road to the big meets, pokes fun of herself, and uploads fun photos of hurdling her own dog.  In an interview with Access Hollywood, the 29 year old talked about being a virgin and finding the right guy. “I’ve complained about this to all my friends,” she said. “‘When am I going to finally meet the man of my dreams, my husband, and experience, you know?’ Please, end this drought.” She added, “I’ve got the FBI working on some potential soul mates.”

Twitter / @usainbolt

@usainbolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt proved to be unearthly fast at 2008’s Summer Games in Beijing. He is the world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, and he likes to tweet. Perhaps not the most humble user (his profile states: “The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen.”), the indisputably talented track star engages his fans with retweets and lots of personal photos.

Twitter / @TomDaley1994

@TomDaley1994

This British diver knows how to use social media to his advantage. With the Twitter name [email protected],” he points out his immense success at such a youthful age. He tweets a lot of self-portraits—especially with his shirt off—followed by a “ha ha” or a winky emoticon. So it’s no surprise his follower base is comprised of mostly teen girls. If you want to drool over a recently legal Olympian with an accent, Tom’s your boy—er, man.

Twitter / @jordyn_wieber

@jordyn_wieber

 Look out Biebs, there’s a new fever  in town. Sixteen-year-old gymnast Jordyn Wieber has her own screaming fan base. The small-town champ uses Twitter to engage her followers, post fun pictures of Olympic travels, and offer inspirational words of teenage wisdom.

Twitter / @AshtonJEaton

@AshtonJEaton

Possibly the most humble Olympic-bound athlete to ever have a Twitter handle, University of Oregon grad Ashton Eaton shares fun photos, his philosophy on food, (“Toaster Strudel is weak sauce. I just had real German apple strudel and it was the beez neez.”), and even supports his girlfriend, Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen, by giving her shoutouts on his feed.

Twitter / @RyanLochte

@RyanLochte

@RyanLochte All-American studly swimmer Ryan Lochte is worth following just to catch another glimpse of that glistening six pack. He also knows the value of his fan base, tweeting to fans, and even picking up the phone to surprise lucky followers with a personal call. 

Twitter / @DjokerNole

@DjokerNole

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic tweets more than other racket-slinging pro. The former No. 1 player in the world (now ranked at No. 2) shares tidbits from his road to the Games, uses lots of smile emoticons, and even tweets pics of his pint-size fluffy white dog.

Twitter / @LiaNeal

@LiaNeal

Brooklyn-based swimmer Lia Neal, at 17, is only the second African-American swimmer to make it to the Olympic Games. “You let them try different sports, then find out what they like and then they can pursue that like, not necessarily to be a big success, but something to carry with them for a lifetime,” said Lia’s mom in an interview with The New York Times. But in her daughter’s case, her sport turned in to much more than just a hobby. Follow Lia for upbeat and down-to-earth tweets. She likes to chat about food, her interview techniques, and random pop-culture trivia (“How is ‘Call Me Maybe’ still so catchy even after like 5 months?#answermethis”).

Twitter / @JessicaLong

@JessicaLong

Not many 20-year-olds have nine world-championship gold medals, seven Paralympic golds, and the world record in 20 different events. Actually, no one does, other than Jessica Long. Swimming World Magazine’s “Disabled Swimmer of the Year” tweets about food, pics from the red carpet, and of course, swimming.

Twitter / @NickSymmonds

@NickSymmonds

The track and field star has been making headlines, asking out Paris Hilton, who said yes. “It was kind of a whirlwind trip down to Beverly Hills,” the athlete explained to NBC Olympics, “to be able to sit down with Paris Hilton one-on-one and get to know her a little bit better. I thought that would be a much-needed quick escape.” The smitten Olympian tweets photos from the Games, pics of his alhletic friends, and indulges superfans in the occasional retweet.

Twitter / @OscarPistorius

@OscarPistorius

This South African sprinter and double amputee, nicknamed “Bladerunner” and “the fastest man with no legs,” is competing in London. Tweeting inspirational prose, creating awareness in the paraplegic world, and posting equally sentimental photos, follow Oscar for an instant upper on your feed.