Follow the Winter Games on Social Media

Whether you’re a fan of skating, skiing or the bobsled, the Winter Games unite the world around a common love for sports as athletes come together to compete.

One way to keep an eye on the action, and to enhance your viewing experience, is through social media. The best part is that it’s all available in the palm of your hand at any hour of the day, which is important since Sochi is nine hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Instagram accounts, for example, provide a look into the athletes and events through images taken by both professional and amateur photographers. The NBC account shares photos of scenery from the Olympic Village, while the Team USA account spotlights the United States’ world-class athletes in action.

For more in-depth updates on Team USA, most sports have associated Twitter feeds where they share news coverage and spotlights on the athletes. Here’s a quick list of eight Twitter handles to follow:

1. @USOlympic – U.S. Olympic Team
2. @USBSF – U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
3. @terry_usacurl – USA Curling
4. @USFigureSkating – U.S. Figure Skating
5. @usahockey – USA Hockey
6. @usskiteam – U.S. Ski Team
7. @USSpeedskating – U.S. Speedskating
8. @Sochi2014 – Official Profile of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi

Finally, if there is a sport or athlete you’d like to learn more about, the Olympic Athletes’ Hub will point you in the right direction. It provides links to competing athletes’ social profiles, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, from across the globe.