Looking for some great social media accounts to follow in the new year? Look no further! The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are just around the corner, and Team USA athletes are all ready to go. Here are 18 of them who will fill your feeds with killer content.
1. Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy), Freestyle Skiing
Come for the travel photos, stay for the Halloween costumes! Kenworthy shares snippets of every aspect of his life, from the incredible to the incredibly goofy. Actually… it’s almost always at least a little goofy.
2. Adam Rippon (@Adaripp), Figure Skating
His favorite person is Adam Rippon and yours should be too! Rippon is known for his sass and holds nothing back on Twitter. Follow for a personality as big as his performances.
There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it’s just my real butt. Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 9, 2017
Heading into the competition tomorrow, I just want everyone to know that my mom thinks I’m the best and I really hope the judges take that into consideration.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) November 9, 2017
My mom once told me she named me Adam because she thought it sounded "under the radar" but she didn’t know who she was dealing with.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 14, 2017
3. John Daly (@johndalyusa), Skeleton
Daly’s Instagram bio says he’s “a slightly funny, decently athletic, perfect haired dude,” and that pretty much sums it up! Daly doesn’t take himself too seriously and is always good for a light-hearted post or some inspirational words of wisdom.
Training for the Olympics is sacrifice...you sacrifice time with family, friends. Worst of all, you sacrifice exceptional hair days when you work out all the time. . . . . . . #fitness #fit #teamusa #train #focused #itsforamerica #perfecthair #hairgame #hairgamestrong #hair #flow #cabbage #bulletproof #nohelmethair #priorities @usabs
4. Alex Deibold (@adeibold), Snowboarding
Looking for your next computer wallpaper? Look no further than Deibold’s Instagram. He frequently posts jaw-dropping shots of scenery from around the world, so be prepared for some serious wanderlust.
5. Brenna Huckaby (@bren_hucks), Para Snowboarding
If her purple hair didn’t tell you already, Huckaby knows how to have fun. She has a big personality that shines through in each of her Tweets, from cute pictures of her daughter to jokes about life as an amputee.
“if it costs us an arm and a leg.... well Brenna knows a good prosthetist..” My parents everyone 🤣— Brenna (@bren_hucks) December 10, 2017
When I get engaged my fiance better introduce me as his Beyonce or else the wedding is called off.— Brenna (@bren_hucks) November 15, 2017
The gym is windy today pic.twitter.com/6nGYw7oUcz— Brenna (@bren_hucks) November 5, 2017
6. Maia and Alex Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani, @AlexShibutani), Figure Skating
The Shibs are bona fide social media stars, cranking out stellar Instagram shots and YouTube vlogs. But one of their best assets is old home movies, giving us a (way too cute!) glimpse of the siblings before they were superstars.
Cookie and me, we go WAYYY back! *Cookie Monster voice* 😉 (October, 1996) pic.twitter.com/jM24UsUbQW— Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) November 24, 2017
“5 Tips On Spending Lots Of Time With Your Sibling And Still Getting Along”— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) December 7, 2017
I explain the importance of communication and food. As you can see, @MaiaShibutani and I have had the food thing down pat since the very beginning. https://t.co/M5uOoShmfg pic.twitter.com/kDviopLOg2
7. Amy Purdy (@amypurdygurl), Para Snowboarding
Wondering what a day in the life of a Paralympian looks like? Look no further than Purdy’s Instagram! Her photos hit the highlights while her stories take you through her day-to-day like no other.
This photo doesn’t even come close to how majestic these mountains are that shoot straight up out of the ground. And outside of that Austria feels like warm cozy Christmas all the time! Everywhere we go there are bakeries and desserts and cafes and handmade crafts and fur hats and cozy little nooks. I mean... when it comes to Winter Europe does it right! Where are your favorite places to travel? #thankfulthursday #innsbruck #austria #travel #lifeisajourney #travelgoals
I’ve never shown my legs without... well, my legs! There are many reasons, but the main is that my “prosthetics” are as much apart of me as my real legs were. They are extensions of me, I wear them all day, workout in them, hike, snowboard etc. I put them on in the morning and don’t think about them until I take them off at night. When I first lost my legs I made a promise to myself that my new legs weren’t going to be a burden, I never wanted to feel like “ ugh I have to put my legs on today”. I wanted my legs to allow me to live a full life verses stopping me from living life. So the minute I got my new legs about 6 weeks after my surgery, I put them on first thing in the morning, I started doing yoga and Pilates with my legs on before I was even comfortable walking. I forced myself to do everything in them and eventually they very much became apart of me. Life is all about the choices we make. Yes, many of us have challenging circumstances but we always have the “Choice” of how we are going to live our lives. I wanted to live a fulfilling life of travel, adventure and not let anything stop me and those early choices, have led me to where I am today. But even with that, nothing feels better then taking them off and swimming in the warm water. This is me in my most vulnerable yet most free state, underwater, legs off. I was nervous posting this. My husband shot this then added a filter to make it look like a painting. I like it. My husband also calls my legs my little “swimmerets” which makes me laugh. Shot with our @gopro #goprohero6 #underwater #free #mexico #instagram
I have to share this! Today was my first competition of the season in Europe & I didn’t do my best, new board, new leg setup & things didn’t connect. I finished the race, walked inside to take my gear off and was stopped by this young guy @max_gerets who skipped school and took two trains in hopes of meeting me today. He brought my book for me to sign and was nearly in tears meeting me which put me in tears. He lost his legs from Meningitis as well and has followed my story to help get through the challenges of his own. It instantly reminded me of the bigger picture. It’s not about winning the race, it’s about how you run the race. It’s about setting an example, persevering through our challenges, figuring out the possibilities and sharing them so others can find their own possibilities. It’s not about winning medals it’s about winning at life. You never know when your worst day can be someone else’s best day simply because your apart of it. Thank you Max for reminding me of what really matters today! Medals tarnish but being someone’s hero lasts a lifetime. #liveinspired #livebeyondlimits #grateful
8. Keith Gabel (@grizzlygabel on Instagram), Para Snowboarding
Gabel and his wife are quintessential free spirits and spent the better part of his offseason traveling around the United States in their van. His Instagram feed displays all kinds of hidden gems from their travels.
Naturally we had to stop at #thebadlands on our way home. Mind officially blown. Definitely going to have to come back and explore this place. • • • • • #DontFeedTheLandfills #VanDiaries #VanChronicles #GypsyCouple #StarveYourEgo #FeedYourSoul #KeepTheirHeartsWild #KeepItContagious #NationalParks #Wanderlust #TravelingOurPlanetr #EarthFocus #OptOutside #FindYourPark #GetOutside #ZeroWaste #WeLiveToExplore #LiveWithPassion #MemoriesBeforeThings #WildernessCulture #SmilesForMiles #YourVibeAttractsYourTribe #SoulSqueeze #UnityThroughLaughter #EmitYourOwnFrequency #Projectvanlife #GetOutStayOut @shortydoowop3
Sometimes you just need to get a few laps in the golden tunnel before the weather comes in. So #grateful for today's ride, it was just what I needed. @aspensnowmass @biodapt @sherrybdessert @nike @giantbicycles . . . . #gratitude #sherrybdessert #biodapt #giantbikes #nikevision #success #fallorado #LiveWithPassion #MemoriesBeforeThings #WildernessCulture #SmilesForMiles #YourVibeAttractsYourTribe #SoulSqueeze #mentalstrength #colorado #EmitYourOwnFrequency #nike #ThankYouMotherEarth #Lovethelifeyoulive #NoBadDays #tooblessedtobestressed #OptOutside #GetOutside #StarveYourEgo #FeedYourSoul #KeepTheirHeartsWild #KeepItContagious #adventuretime
Physical strength will get you to the start line, but mental strength will get you across the finish line: This was one of the first shots I took on day three of our hike. Due to the way my leg was acting, I could tell right off the bat that this day was going to be tough. Between ascending around 2,000 feet with a 50 lb pack on, taking roughly 8 hours and my leg fluctuating in size all day, this day would put both my physical and mental strength to the ultimate test challenging me in ways that I have never experienced before. Regardless of the extreme amount of pain I was in, the breathtaking views were beyond worth every step. All I could think was "well, there's no turning back now" . . . . #Gratitude #Korea18 #pnwdiscovered #TeamUSA #Nike #ToBlessedToBeStressed #RoadToPyeongChang #StayHumble #EmitYourOwnFrequency #nofilter #mentalstrength #sherrybdesertstudio #NoBadDays #ThankYouMotherEarth #Lovethelifeyoulive #justkeepswimming #OptOutside #GetOutside #StarveYourEgo #FeedYourSoul #KeepTheirHeartsWild #KeepItContagious #adventuretime #usparalympics
9. Elana Meyers Taylor (@eamslider24 on Twitter), Bobsled
Meyers Taylor is a two-time Olympic medalist and one of the best bobsled pilots in the world. She also happens to be one of the kindest, most generous members of Team USA, always reaching out to congratulate other athletes on their successes and thanking those that support her. Follow her on Twitter to add some good vibes to your life.
Congrats! Hope to see you there! https://t.co/AYDvvaVZrM— Elana Meyers Taylor OLY (@eamslider24) December 18, 2017
After not having our sleds all week, I'm stoked about 🥈 yesterday in Winterberg World Cup! I promise I drive with my eyes open 😉 Thanks to so many athletes and countries for helping @TeamUSA get thru this week and the @IBSFsliding for being flexible. @USBSF pic.twitter.com/8LRM4IXo7y— Elana Meyers Taylor OLY (@eamslider24) December 10, 2017
10. Jason Brown (@jasonbskates), Figure Skating
Is there a happier human on the face of the earth than Jason Brown? We think not! Brown is a perpetual ray of sunshine, capable of bringing you a smile on even the worst of days. He also makes a dance video for each event at which he competes, showcasing the city and culture of the location – and often other skaters!
11. Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn), Alpine Skiing
If you’re not already following Vonn, you’re missing out on photos of her tight-knit squad: the @vonndogs. Lucy, Leo and Bear accompany Vonn almost everywhere, from the gym to the airport to business meetings to Christmas shopping. They’re a guaranteed mood-lifter!
12. Jamie Anderson (@jamieanderson), Snowboarding
Is Anderson the coolest Olympic gold medalist ever? Quite possibly. Her cross-training regime includes long-boarding and yoga, and don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of her literally hugging a tree.
Whose feeling the moon tonight? ✨🌙 Remember how cleansing and powerful a full moon can be.... I never used to notice or pay attention to the moon cycles and now I realize how much it effects EVERYTHING! The light it radiates is so energizing and bright! Especially it being a super moon which is the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth 🌏 Moon bathing and charging your crystals and yourself is what'a up! 👌 I love reading @mysticmamma .com filled with knowledge, wisdom, consciousness and inspiration ... Much love from this moon bather ✨✨✨✨✨🌕✨✨✨✨✨ 💙Lou Bear
13. Jessie Diggins (@jessiediggins), Cross-Country Skiing
Diggins might be training for her second Olympic Winter Games, but that sure doesn’t stop her from dancing through life! Diggins is never short on enthusiasm, and her Instagram allows you to follow her giant grin around the world.
14. Shaun White (@shaunwhite), Snowboarding
White always keeps it real with his legion of fans. His Instagram shows every side of his life, from displaying his fashion-forward style (he has his own clothing line!) to showing his new tricks in the halfpipe to giving injury updates.
Not exactly the birthday I was hoping for .....I under rotated a double flip that sent me to the hospital. The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine but after the tests all came back looking good I was released to go home. Life's going to knock you down.... get up, learn from your mistakes, and you'll be better for it! see you back on the mountain soon🏂
15. Hagen Kearney (@hagenkearney), Snowboarding
Kearney does it all. No, really. He plays guitar in a band. He skateboards. He rides mountain bikes. He rides motorcycles. And, oh yeah, he’s vying for a spot on the Olympic team in snowboardcross.
Fun weekend in LA terrorizing the streets on the new HD Lowrider. I don't care what people say about the new Dynas/softails, that thing is so fast and smooth. Thanks @lancecoury for letting me rip your Dynas. Definitely needed some lane splitting in my life. 📷s: @lancecoury #harleydavidson #HDLowrider 🤘🏻⚡️
16. Matt Hamilton (@MattJamilton on Twitter), Curling
When you picture a curler, does a guy with purple patent leather Air Jordan 1s come to mind? Hamilton doesn’t fit the traditional mold of his sport, and that’s just fine with him. Follow his Twitter for some dry wit and, of course, his incredible mustache.
Got the eye of the tiger today!!! Photo cred: rich harmer pic.twitter.com/11STdNmfUa— Matt Hamilton (@MattJamilton) November 12, 2017
17. Joey Mantia (@joeymantia), Speedskating
Mantia’s Instagram account is great for anyone looking for some #MondayMotivation… and #TuesdayMotivation… and #WednesdayMotivation… you get the idea. Every day is leg day for Mantia, and you won’t be able to look away.
Flex off at our nation's capitol // I had a great time being a part of the Skate of The Union event last week. We cruised through the streets of Washington DC - weaving in and out of cars, all along the National Mall, did some laps around the Washington Monument (seen here), hung out in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and skated a trail along the Potomac River. Not to mention all the awesome people I got to meet during the trip. Thank you DC Ice for putting on the event and for all your efforts to get kids involved in the sport of speed skating, whether that be on wheels or ice. You guys are awesome! #EveryDayIsLegDay #MakeAmericaSkateAgain #FueledByFroozer
18. David Wise (@davidwise), Freestyle Skiing
Wise isn’t just an Olympic gold medalist. He also happens to be the dad of two young kids. What’s it like training to be the best while trying to be a gold-medal dad? Wise gives the inside scoop.