With the conclusion of the swimming events at the 2012 London Olympic Games drawing ever closer, we thought we'd close out week one of the Games with the top 10 tweets from poolside. The only qualifying criteria: Good tweets. Enjoy.
1 – Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps)
Michael Phelps, over the span of 12 years, has proven that he may well in fact be half man and half fish. No other athlete has dominated their chosen Olympic sport quite like the Baltimore Bullet. So dominant has he been, that even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, contacted Phelps whilst he has been competing in London. Does it get any better than that?
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 1, 2012
2 – Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps)
I know he was number one on this list, but he is also fully deserving of the number two spot as well, if we are just taking the qualifying criteria into account. The only man with 20 Olympic medals tweeting medals number 19 and 20 to his more than 864,000 followers is one of the tweets of the Games for mine.
Number 18 and 19 for my career so far!!! Omg I'm speechless right now!lockerz.com/s/230016371
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 31, 2012
3 – Matt Grevers (@MattGrevers)
Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers, the 100m backstroke Gold medalist, was rooming with the man who knocked off The Missile in the 100m freestyle, Nathan Adrian. So how did Grevers congratulate his roommate for winning gold? By making his bed, of course.
— Matt Grevers (@MattGrevers) August 1, 2012
4 – Melanie Schlanger (@Mel_Schlanger)
As it currently stands, the 4x100m freestyle women's relay team are Australia's only gold medalists so far in London. This tweet, from relay member Melanie Schlanger, of the golden girls with their medals on a postage stamp, is well worth a spot on this list. Well done, girls.
— Melanie Schlanger (@Mel_Schlanger) July 29, 2012
5 – Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte)
The man who has had a great rivalry with countryman Michael Phelps, a rivalry they can put aside to cheer on the USA at the Olympics, Ryan Lochte has had quite the journey to the Games. Check out the link in his tweet to watch a pretty cool video of his last four years.
— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) August 2, 2012
6 – Nathan Adrian (@Nathangadrian)
The man who knocked off Aussie favourite James “The Missile” Magnussen, Nathan Adrian, couldn't be ignored on this list. Pretty cool tweet from the newly-crowned 100m freestyle champion, thanking his family, coaches and fans, as well as issuing a spoiler alert for those waiting to watch the race on NBC's now-infamous delayed Olympics telecast.
#spoileralert I win :-). Thanks to all my friends, family, team mates, coaches, and can't forget my twitter followers! Your support is felt
— Nathan Adrian (@Nathangadrian) August 1, 2012
7 – Stephanie Rice (@ItsStephRice)
The 2012 Games weren't great for Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice, especially after her triumphs in Beijing. She was, however, a very gracious sport in her defeat, and grateful for all the support she's received. Well done, Steph.
Thankyou so much to everyone for the tweets… I'm clearly disappointed but I'm also really proud of how I've gotten thru a very tough prep
— Stephanie Rice (@ItsStephRice) July 31, 2012
8 – Eamon Sullivan (@Eamon_Sullivan)
Eamon Sullivan was one quarter of the Australian Men's 4x100m freestyle relay team that didn't quite live up to expectations, finishing 4th in the final. With all the overreaction from journalists, including a silly piece labelling the race, “Australia's swimmings darkest day”, Eamon called for support rather than vitriol. Classy move by Eamon, getting his opinion out without causing controversy. Definitely a skill more athletes would like to employ when using social media.
Tough night at the office, but proud of the boys. Let's get behind Maggie and James for their individual instead of throwing stones
— Eamon Sullivan (@Eamon_Sullivan) July 29, 2012
9 – Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte)
One of the best attributes of social media is the ability it gives athletes to each out to fans and thank them personally, as Lochte did here. Classy guy, Ryan.
Over 400,000 followers? That's crazy!Thanks to everyone out there who is following me. That's really cool
— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) July 30, 2012
10 – L2012 Pool Camera (@L2012PoolCam)
— L2012 Pool Camera (@L2012PoolCam) August 2, 2012
So there you have it, folks! The top 10 poolside tweets from London 2012. Have you seen any other great tweets from Olympic swimmers? Let us know!