Summer Olympics 2012: Best Athlete Tweets, Twitpics and Instagrams from Day 10
With swimming in the rear-view and track and field beginning to heat up, the Olympic Games have shifted after 10 days in London.
Athletes are beginning to get used to their Olympic surroundings and aren’t tweeting out their observations at the same rate of last week. But that doesn’t mean our Olympians turned journalists still aren’t providing pictures and sharing their thoughts.
While there weren’t any banner events with a gold medal on the line, once again the drama came at a fast and furious rate in a variety of different events.
Monday certainly wasn’t the most memorable day of the Olympics overall, but there was a soccer match that can make a case for the most thrilling contest of the Games thus far.
Despite three goals from Christine Sinclair, the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Canada 4-3 on a goal in the 122nd minute by Alex Morgan. It’s almost as if she knew the game-winning goal was in her future with this tweet just before the game:
LIVE IN THE MOMENT— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 6, 2012
It was an absolute thriller from start to finish and it captured the attention of most of the Olympic village. U.S. beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh could hardly contain herself while watching the extra time:
After the match goalie Hope Solo was relieved to move on despite her shaky performance:
4-3! And victory! On to Wembley! Sometimes its that entertaining of a match. I never like to see 3 goals, but its all part of the game! #fb— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 6, 2012
Morgan sounded thrilled and certainly like somebody who is living in the moment:
One of the more popular athletes heading to London was Holley Mangold, the sister of New York Jets lineman Nick Mangold.
She was a weightlifter with little experience, but had exploded onto the scene in recent years to earn a shocking spot in the Olympic Games.
Unfortunately a wrist injury during the snatch portion of competition severely limited her in the clean and jerk, and she ended up finishing 10th. Despite the disappointment, Mangold stayed tremendously upbeat:
thank you so much for all the support wish I didnt have a hurt flipper but things happen… its just the beginning #RIO2016— HolleyMangold (@HolleyMangold) August 6, 2012
The Olympic village is a wild and crazy place, and one can only imagine what sort of hijinks go on behind the scenes. According to the moose proudly displayed in front of Canada’s area in the village, somebody has stolen his ears!
The final medal count for swimming events is in, and it’s safe to say the Americans conquered all. The USA Swimming Twitter feed shot a picture of the results:
Gabby Douglas has been the sweetheart of the Olympics for the United States after winning the all-around final in gymnastics, but her performance in the high bars on Monday netted a disappointing eighth place finish.
She was dead last.
Not much to say about this wrestling photo courtesy of ESPN aside from OUCH!
This photo from the Olympics is the definition of "face-plant" -> yfrog.com/j6bz5oj— ESPN (@espn) August 7, 2012
Now that swimming is over the contestants have the ability to roam London and relax.
Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer caught the men’s basketball team’s 126-97 win over Argentina with rapper Ludacris:
A gold-medal winner with a platinum rapper watching one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled? Now that my friends is the American dream.
As for the actual game, the U.S. didn’t play their best, yet still made 20 threes in route to an easy win. After the game Chris Paul snapped a shot of the team riding back on the train:
Train Ride... instagr.am/p/OAaOo0yjXY/— Chris Paul (@CP3) August 7, 2012
After a full day of mostly qualifying events on the track, the London crew treated media members like NBC’s Joe Battaglia to a spectacular light show:
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