The #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics are underway in Russia, and on Twitter. Fans everywhere are able to follow all of the action in 140 characters or six seconds through the eyes of the teams, countries, athletes, fellow fans and journalists.
For starters, you can follow accounts such as @Olympics, @Sochi2014, @USOlympic and @NBCOlympics or this list of U.S. athletes who will be chasing gold over the next two weeks. This list of participating countries, teams and broadcast partners will keep you connected throughout the games. More homes for all things #Sochi2014 can be found here (U.S.) and here (global). You can also find athlete lists to follow via country team accounts.
Leading up to the start of the games, the roar of the crowd can be heard around the world. This map by our own Simon Rogers shows Tweets about the Winter Olympics (ranked by Tweets per million population) in eight languages over the past week. (We will update the map throughout the games.)
Click on the map to interact with it or make it full screen by clicking on the top right corner.
So far, these countries have sent the most Tweets (per million population) mentioning the Olympics over the past seven days:
In preparation for representing their countries, athletes and teams are tweeting exclusive pictures, videos and their thoughts:
While new stars will undoubtedly emerge throughout the Winter Olympics, here’s a look at the six most-followed athletes entering competition:
Only the world’s best athletes get to experience the thrill of marching at the opening ceremonies. Check here again for coverage from #Sochi2014, including data from the Games and top Tweets from athletes and fans. And follow along with this list of celebrities who will be live-tweeting the festivities.
*Editor's note: As of November 2017, Twitter has increased the character count of Tweets in certain languages to make it easier to share what’s happening.