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100 must-follow social media handles for Rio 2016

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Getting excited for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games? Spend your life on social media? Us, too! To that end, here's 100 social media handles (plus a few extras, for good measure) you need to be following before and during this summer's Olympics.

The buckets: NBC Olympics | The Athletes | The Experts

NBC Olympics

NBCOlympics on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Vine

Why follow: Well obviously!

Live Extra on Twitter

Why follow: The official Twitter handle of NBC Sports Live Extra, where every Olympic event in Rio is slated to be streamed.

Olympic Talk on Twitter

Why follow: All your Olympic news in one place.

Nick Zaccardi on Twitter

Why follow: Editor of Olympic Talk, and knows everything when it comes to the Olympics.

Nastia Liukin on Instagram

Why follow: 2008 All-Around Champ and NBC gymnastics analyst in Rio.

Ato Boldon on Twitter

Why follow: Four-time Olympic medalist and NBC track & field analyst in Rio.

Tim Daggett on Twitter

Why follow: Olympic gold medalist and NBC gymnastics analyst in Rio.

Rowdy Gaines on Twitter

Why follow: Three-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC swimming analyst in Rio.

Golf Channel on Facebook

Why follow: Golf is back in the Olympics after a 112-year break!

Dan Hicks on Twitter

Why follow: NBC talent in Rio.

Jimmy Roberts on Twitter

Why follow: NBC talent in Rio.

Joe Posnanski on Twitter

Why follow: NBC Sports national columnist and reporter in Rio.

Carolyn Manno on Twitter

Why follow: NBC talent in Rio.

Jim Bell on Instagram

Why follow: Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.

Julia Fincher on Twitter

Why follow: All things gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline) for NBCOlympics.com.

Bill Leopold on Twitter

Why follow: Basketball, Golf, Cycling, Handball for NBCOlympics.com.

Dan Levinsohn on Twitter

Why follow: Racquet sports (Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis) & Weightlifting for NBCOlympics.com.

Cesar Lopez on Twitter

Why follow: Like boats? Cesar's got you covered. Rowing, Canoe/Kayak, Sailing for NBCOlympics.com.

Rachel Lutz on Twitter

Why follow: Anything in the pool, Rachel's got the scoop. Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, Synchronized Swimming for NBCOlympics.com.

Seth Rubinroit on Twitter

Why follow: Run, run, run. Track, Triathlon, Modern Pentathlon, Rugby Sevens for NBCOlympics.com.

Eric Scatamacchia on Twitter

Why follow: Soccer (or football, if you please), Field Hockey, Shooting, Archery for NBCOlympics.com.

Shawn Smith on Twitter

Why follow: Like watching people fight? Shawn's got all the combat sports: Wrestling, Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo for NBCOlympics.com.

Carrie Waltemeyer on Twitter

Why follow: Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Equestrian, Fencing for NBCOlympics.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Athletes

Michael Phelps on Facebook

Why follow: He's the greatest Olympian of all time.

Usain Bolt on Facebook

Why follow: This speed demon always keeps fans up to date on his training.

Gabby Douglas on Instagram

Why follow: The London 2012 champ is back and better than ever!

Allyson Felix on Facebook

Why follow: The track star always inspires.

Ryan Lochte on Instagram

Why follow: Call me, maybe?

Missy Franklin on Facebook

Why follow: London 2012 star has her own web series you can stream on her Facebook page.

Simone Biles on Instagram

Why follow: Her Worlds hardware collection speaks for itself.

Aly Raisman on Instagram

Why follow: The most decorated American gymnast in London is out for more medals.

Alex Morgan on Instagram

Why follow: Team USA star is always hanging out with her teammates.

Lolo Jones on Twitter

Why follow: Funniest athlete. Period.

Tom Daley on Instagram

Why follow: The London darling always keeps his legions of fans in the loop.

Carli Lloyd on Instagram

Why follow: London 2012 star is back for more!

Serena Williams on Instagram

Why follow: The tennis great is endlessly entertaining in everything she does!

Jordan Spieth on Twitter

Why follow: The Masters champ looks at the Olympics as "a fifth major."

Steph Curry on Twitter

Why follow: The basketball great is looking to make his Olympic debut in Rio.

Katie Ledecky on Twitter

Why follow: The youngest member of Team USA in London is looking to make history in Rio.

Kerri Walsh Jennings on Twitter

Why follow: Three-time Olympic champion is always quick with a reply and words of encouragement!

April Ross on Twitter

Why follow: The London 2012 silver medalist is back with a legend of the sport, Kerri Walsh Jennings.

LeBron James on Twitter

Why follow: I mean, his handle is @KingJames...

Nathan Adrian on Instagram

Why follow: The London 2012 champ is back to defend his title.

Ibtihaj Muhammad on Instagram

Why follow: She will be the first athlete to compete in the Olympics in a hijab, and has even shown off her impressive fencing skills on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

Gwen Jorgensen on Facebook

Why follow: You can always count on triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen for a good food recommendation.

Justin Gatlin on Facebook

Why follow: The track star keeps fans up-to-date on his difficult training regimen.

Kayla Harrison on Facebook

Why follow: This judoka is tough!

Steven Lopez on Facebook

Why follow: Taekwondo fighter won his first Olympic medal at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Jordan Burroughs on Facebook

Why follow: @alliseeisgold, and that he does as he trains for his second Olympic gold medal!

Bubba Watson on Instagram

Why follow: The two-time Masters champion is bringing the fun back to Olympic golf after a 112-year absence.

Michelle Carter on Instagram

Why follow: Her handle is @shotdiva, and she does not disappoint.

Adeline Gray on Instagram

Why follow: The World Champion wrestler already booked her ticket to Rio!

Tony Azevedo on Instagram

Why follow: You can call him Mr. Rio! The water polo captain was born in the 2016 host city.

Miles Chamley-Watson on Instagram

Why follow: The colorful fencer is a model in his spare time.

Sam Mikulak on Instagram

Why follow: The 2012 Olympian is making a comeback after a recent injury.

Alysia Montano on Instagram

Why follow: 800m runner always competes with a signature flower in her hair.

Allison Schmitt on Instagram

Why follow: The 2012 Olympic champ has a famous roommate...Michael Phelps!

Maggie Steffens on Instagram

Why follow: London 2012 gold medalist always shows her USA pride.

Steele Johnson on Instagram

Why follow: This diver likes to document his travel and training.

Conor Dwyer on Instagram

Why follow: Gold medal swimmer likes to keep busy outside the pool.

Jake Dalton on Instagram

Why follow: If you want to see what Olympic gymnastics really takes.

Carlin Isles on Twitter

Why follow: The fastest man in rugby could be going for two events in Rio!

Trayvon Bromell on Twitter

Why follow: The first junior to break 10 seconds keeps a very active Twitter profile.

Julie Johnston on Twitter

Why follow: New soccer star is set to marry Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz!

Dawn Harper-Nelson on Twitter

Why follow: Hurdle champ documents training with her trademark smile.

Ashton Eaton on Twitter

Why follow: The world's greatest athlete enjoys tweeting about science and technology.

Matt Centrowitz on Twitter

Why follow: He can run the mile in under four minutes and can make you laugh with one tweet.

English Gardner on Twitter

Why follow: This track star's alter ego is "Baby Beast!"

 

The Experts

Team USA on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Vine

Why follow: Best source of knowledge for anything Team USA!

Olympics on Instagram

Why follow: I mean, you're here because you like the Olympics, right?

The Olympic Museum on Twitter

Why follow: Olympic history, anyone?

Rio 2016 on Twitter

Why follow: Updates on everything Rio 2016!

Shawn Johnson on Instagram

Why follow: 2008 gold medalist is still a wealth of knowledge for all things gymnastics!

Phil Hersh on Twitter

Why follow: Olympic sports journalist.

Will Graves on Twitter

Why follow: AP gymnastics reporter.

Nancy Armour on Twitter

Why follow: USA Today reporter, Olympics.

Rachel Axon on Twitter

Why follow: USA Today reporter, Olympics.

Nick McCarvel on Twitter

Why follow: USA Gymnastics reporter pre-Rio; Team USA reporter in Rio.

Rhonda Faehn on Twitter

Why follow: Senior VP of USA Gymnastics.

Alan Abrahamson on Twitter

Why follow: Olympic journalist.

Ben Fischer on Twitter

Why follow: Olympic business coverage.

Chris Chavez on Twitter

Why follow: Sports Illustrated Track & Field.

Tokyo 2020 on Twitter

Why follow: Who's ready for Tokyo 2020?

SwimSwam on Twitter

Why follow: All things swimming!

Gymternet on Twitter

Why follow: All things gymnastics!

Interested in specific Olympic sports?

USA Archery on Twitter
USA Badminton on Twitter
USA Basketball on Twitter
USA Boxing on Twitter
USA Canoe/Kayak on Twitter
USA Cycling on Twitter
USA Diving on Twitter
USEF on Twitter
USA Fencing on Twitter
USA Field Hockey on Twitter
USA Golf on Twitter
USA Gymnastics on Twitter
USA Handball on Twitter
USA Judo on Twitter
USA Pentathlon on Twitter
USA Rowing on Twitter
USA Rugby on Twitter
USA Sailing on Twitter
USA Shooting on Twitter
USA Soccer Women's Team on Twitter
USA Synchronized Swimming on Twitter
USA Swimming on Twitter
USA Table Tennis on Twitter
USA Taekwondo on Twitter
USA Tennis on Twitter
USA Track & Field on Twitter
USA Triathlon on Twitter
USA Volleyball and Beach Volleyball on Twitter
USA Water Polo on Instagram
USA Weightlifting on Twitter
USA Wrestling on Twitter