Who to follow on Twitter during Sochi

The Sochi Games are the most wired Olympics ever. All of the venues offer WiFi for athletes, press and IOC members. It’s a service that will make these Games more fun to follow on Twitter than even London, which was considered the first “Social Games.”

That was evident this week before the Sochi Olympics even began as photos of cloudy water from hotel rooms and stray dogs went viral. The London Games had more than 150 million tweets over 16 days. It’s unlikely Sochi will top that. The Winter Olympics are smaller and attract less global interest.

But there will be plenty of conversation about it on Twitter. Here’s a list of some people we’ll be following throughout the Games (see below). Of course, you also can keep up with sports business news through our staff writer Tripp Mickle @trippmickle.

EXECUTIVES:

Dmitry Chernyshenko (@DChernyshenko) — The president of Sochi 2014 should top your list. He’s active on Twitter, interacting with people and sharing news about the organization hosting the big event.

Jim Bell (@jfb) — Somehow in the midst of overseeing NBC’s Olympics coverage from Sochi, the executive producer is finding some time to share his own thoughts on these Games. Hard to imagine anyone did more background research and reading beforehand.

Ricardo Fort (@SportByFort) — Visa’s head of global partnerships has gotten more and more active over the last year. He’s posting photos and updates from Sochi.

Thierry Borra (@ThierryBorra) — The longtime Coca-Cola sponsorship executive has helped organize the company’s efforts in Sochi.

Michael Payne (@MichaelRPayne1) — The former head of IOC marketing delivers an insider’s perspective on everything from IOC meetings to the organizing committee’s work.

ATHLETES & AGENTS:

Hannah Teter (@hannahteter) — Because the selfie she posted from atop a mountain in Russia may be the best athlete photo to surface from what some are calling the “Selfie Olympics.”

Maddie Bowman (@maddiebowman) — The 20-year-old freeskier has the type of first-time Olympic enthusiasm that underscores just how exciting going to a Games can be for an athlete.

Yuki Saegusa (@YukiSNYC) — The IMG figure skating agent is representing Gracie Gold, one of Sports Illustrated’s cover girls this month. She’s posting behind-the-scenes clips on Gold and keeping people honest in their reporting on Sochi.

Brant Feldman (@AGMSports) — “The Senator,” as he’s known, works with U.S. hockey player Julie Chu and several other Olympians. He’s been posting photos and Vines since he arrived.

More U.S. Sochi athletes — NPR Olympic News created a public list — a one-stop shop — for all U.S. Olympians tweeting from Sochi.

MEDIA:

Paul Sonne (@paulsonne) — The Wall Street Journal’s Moscow correspondent has been a source for unexpected updates on Russia during the run-up to the Games. In the midst of concerns about cloudy water, he posted a link to a story about Putin saying he has the same problems at home sometimes.

Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) — The NBC reporter is the go-to source on news that should concern you about Sochi. He first reported the details of the black widows and followed that with a story about computer hacking at coffee shops in town.

Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) — The former USOC employee has become NBC’s star Olympic aggregator. Nothing of interest in the Olympic world gets past him.

Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) — The Yahoo sports columnist has been chronicling Sochi’s hotel woes as well as anyone. But really, he’s on here because he offered to trade light bulbs for a door handle and changed his Twitter avatar to a photo of Putin with a leopard.

Alan Abrahamson (@alanabrahamson) — The former L.A. Times reporter knows the ins and outs of the IOC as well as anyone and has taken the lead on criticizing the Obama administration for the delegation it sent to Sochi.

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