The past few days have been full of captivating, historic Olympics moments. As records are shattered and dreams achieved, the world has turned to Twitter to come together in celebration. Last night, we saw the biggest spike of the day in Olympics-related conversation during the US prime-time broadcast of Michael Phelps winning the 4x200 freestyle relay, which earned him a record-breaking 19th medal.
Phelps also can claim the record for the most Tweets about an athlete so far during the games. The silver medal in the Twitter-mentions contest goes to Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) and Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) earns the bronze.
Even Olympians come to Twitter to revel in their teammates’ successes. Matt Grevers, who won a gold medal yesterday, found a unique way of congratulating his roommate Nathan Adrian on bringing back his own gold:
As a present to
@nathangadrian for winning I shall make his bed. You’re welcome buddy. twitter.com/MattGrevers/st…
— Matt Grevers (@MattGrevers) August 1, 2012
McKayla Maroney, a member of yesterday’s gold medal-winning “Fab Five” women’s gymnastics team, Tweeted (and apparently screamed) her enthusiasm for the men’s team in their event today:
AHHHH!!! So excited for the men’s all around finals!! Good luck
@johnw_orozco & @danelljleyva, I think you’ll hear me from my room(; #GoUSA
— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) August 1, 2012
After Rebecca Soni broke the world record en route to qualifying for the 200m breaststroke, her teammate Jessica Hardy sent a heartfelt message:
S/O to my teammate
@rebsoni for breaking the WR in the 200br. It’s been an honor pushing each other everyday for the past 5yrs. Proud of u!
— Jessica Hardy (@swimhardy) August 1, 2012
In the midst of a race of his own, President Obama took a moment to tweet out his congratulations to Michael Phelps. (Whenever he personally writes a Tweet, he signs it with “-bo”.)
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. -bo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2012
And thanks to new cameras installed by LOCOG, you can now see pictures of the athletes as they’re in the process of these incredible feats. The photos are taken from incredible vantage points, and are shared on Twitter:
That’s definitely not a jellyfish, right? They told me there were no jellyfish in this pool.
— L2012 Pool Camera (@L2012PoolCam) August 1, 2012
You can find moments and behind-the-scenes views like these as they happen at Twitter.com/#Olympics.
Posted by Andrew Fitzgerald, Manager, Editorial Programming (@magicandrew)