Strong, dedicated, and determined women. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are full of women who have all overcome obstacles to make it to their dream.
Below, you’ll find the top 10 female Summer Olympians to follow on Twitter. Make sure you cheer them on as they reach for the podium.
Rebecca Adlington, Swimmer
@BeckAdlington: “Now very excited to be going out for food with @massivemel @Harryneeds + laura! And got the morning off, woop woop! Love taper!” (July 11, 2012)
Rebecca already has two Olympic gold medals, and she is one of Britain’s favorites for more this year. She’s the most successful Olympic swimmer that Britain has had in a century. She frequently tweets about her day, including training and her time away from the pool, giving followers a great window into her life.
Jessica Ennis, Track and Field
@J_Ennis: “Nearly time for another horrible Monday 800m session :( but not many left now :)” (July 9, 2012)
Jessica competes in multiple track and field events and will represent Britain in the Olympic Games this summer. She’s frequently tweeting about her day, especially about the training she undergoes. For aspiring Olympic athletes, she’s an inspiration.
Brittney Reese, Long Jumper
@DaLJBeast: “20’8 RT @socold15: @DaLJBeast What was Your Longest Jump In High school ??” (July 11, 2012)
The above tweet is just one reason to follow Brittney. She is a frequent tweeter and she takes the time to answer questions from her followers. Earlier this year, she took gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a long jump of 7.23 meters. She’ll represent the United States this summer and is one of the favorites for a medal.
Lolo Jones, Hurdler
@lolojones: “Paris airport, Tony Parker & whole French Basketball Team walks in. Thinking asking em where Team USA is at so I can get their autographs…” (July 11, 2012)
Lolo specializes in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles and won the golds at the 2008 and 2010 World Indoor Championships. She tripped in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles, forcing her to a seventh-place finish. Lolo made headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she was a virgin and staying so is a the hardest things she’s ever done. Her tweets are often funny and sometimes push the limit, but she’s fun to follow.
Stephanie Rice, Swimmer
@ItsStephRice: “Had a massage from a French lady she’s said “ohhh you have a shoulder intervention?” hahaha yeh I’ve had shoulder surgery.” (July 11, 2012)
Stephanie is the current world-record holder for the 400-meter women’s individual medley and has already won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Stephanie’s tweets are upbeat and fun, but still show just how difficult her training can be. This Australian is a favorite this year for a medal after winning three golds in 2008.
Hope Solo, Soccer
@hopesolo: “For those asking, I didn’t “fail a drug test” but rather had a diuretic in my system I shouldn’t have had from a medication prescribed to me.” (July 10, 2012)
Hope has a gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics for her role as goalkeeper for the United States Olympic Soccer Team. She is still tweeting about her experience with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive for Canrenone, a banned substance. She has since been cleared, but her tweets still show the impact this last month has had on her.
Maria Sharapova, Tennis
@sharapova_Maria: “Congrats #Serena Williams!! 5 #Wimbledon wow..” (July 7, 2012)
Maria is ranked as the #3 tennis player in the world right now. She also just learned that she will be the first female from Russia to carry the country’s flag at the opening ceremonies. She often tweets about other tennis players, keeping her followers up on what is going on in the sport and the upcoming Olympics.
Ariana Kukors, Swimmer
@ArianaKukors: “The life of “eat sleep swim” really rings true at training camp :) time for a nap! #London2012.” (July 10, 2012)
Ariana will be representing the United States in the 200-meter individual medley event this summer. She took third in the event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships. Ariana is often tweeting about training and gives a great glimpse into an Olympic athlete’s life. She is often funny and always seems happy! She also frequently tweets inspirational quotes.
Serena Williams, Tennis
@serenawilliams: “I’m at Chef Chu’s restaurant in Palo Alto Ca. This place is insanely good! Thanks Chef! I love it!!!” (July 12, 2012)
Serena has been ranked as the #1 in women’s singles five different times. She is also the only female tennis player to earn more than $35 million in prize money. Serena has 29 Grand Slam titles and about the only medal she doesn’t have is an Olympic gold. She tweets frequently to her followers and occassionally stirs things up with some of the things she says and does.
Darya Klishina, Long Jumper
@DaryaKlishina: “Did a shoot for Vogue Russia earlier in the year. The pictures just came out. Don’t they look great?” (June 22, 2012)
Darya didn’t have a good showing in the 2011 World Championships, but she recently jumped 7.05 meters — a personal best. She will not only represent Russia in the Olympics this summer, but is also a model with several endorsements. She frequently tweets links to new photos on her Facebook page.