If you hadn't already heard of Instagram, you certainly would have after Facebook recently paid $1 billion for the purchase of it. Simply, Instagram is just a cool iPhone (and now Android) app that lets users snap a photo from their smartphone, chuck a quirky and hip filter over it, and then share it across any social network like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Tumblr.

So, why did Facebook shell out so much money for such a simple app? One reason, folks; reach. With between 30 and 50 million users now having Instagram, the reach the app boasts is unbelievable for a mobile app, and will continue to grow as Facebook pushes it's development.


Like Twitter and Facebook. athletes across the world are starting to integrate Instagram into their daily repertoires to connect with their fans and show their “human” side. Now, without any further ado, let's look at ten athletes from around the world who are absolutely killing their Instagram connection with fans.


LeBron James (@kingjames)

King on the court and  marketing giant off it, Miami's LeBron James has some committed fans.

Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk)

Skateboarders are often seen as outside-the-square thinkers, and legendary boarder Tony Hawk is no different. As a businessman, Mr. Hawk has proven himself to be as fearless as he was in a half pipe. Who else could pull off the business-presentation-in-a-half-pipe idea as well as Hawk? Brilliant stuff, Bird man.

Gleaming my cube, 1988. Photo: @grantbrittain (shot while on the movie set of GTC)

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Kelly Slater (@kellyslater)

Like skateboarders, surfers are also seen as creative thinkers. Champion surfer Kelly Slater helps keep that belief alive with his Instagram shots, including this beauty. Picturesque shot there, Kelly.

Scott Pendlebury (@sp_10)

Magpie superstar Scott Pendlebury is a leader amongst his AFL contemporaries on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. With nearly 2,500 followers, Pendles is giving his fans a great insight into his life away from football and what keeps him grounded when not tearing up the MCG.

Skydive repost from @al_davis1

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Mick Fanning (@mfanno)

Like Slater above, surfing legend Mick Fanning is a lover of Instagram. As he does so much travelling throughout the year, Instagram is wonderful to not only let his fans know what he is up to, but also let them know where he is!

Was amazing to surf Pipe the other day! Got absolutely smashed on this but was fun!

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Mike Tyson (@miketyson)

While he's most well known for his headline grabbing boxing career, retired boxer (and star of one of the best scenes in “The Hangover”), Mike Tyson is a regular on Instagram.

"Fear is like fire. If you learn to control it, you let it work for you." – Cus

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Stephanie Rice (@itsstephrice)

Last but certainly not least is Australian swimming's golden girl, Stephanie Rice. The three-time Olympic gold-medal winner is great to follow on Instagram as she gives some cool insight into all the training and preparation needed for the Olympics.


Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)

One of the world's finest on the pitch and he is active off it as well, as his Instagram account will attest to.

Playing to be the next F1 pilot.

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James Harden (@jharden13)

Out from under the shadow of KD and Westbrook, James Harden is flying in Houston.

GotEm!!!!!! @dwighthoward

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Brad Richards (@brichards_1991)

Richards is probably the NHL's most active Instagrammer.

Feels nice to have these back on

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Usain Bolt (@usainbolt)

The world's fastest man killed it at the London Olympics and he kills it on Instagram, too.

Seems like just the other day #tbt #worldbest #memories #foreverfaster

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Victoria Azarenka (@vichka35)

Tennis ace Victoria Azarenka travels a lot throughout the year playing in tournaments and she collects a heap of great shots on Instagram.

Nic Naitanui (@realnaitanui)

Nic Nat is by far the best AFL player to follow on Instagram.

Thanks Emma for the new additions @uniquetattoos1 #nearlyhealed

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Kevin Love (@kevinlove)

The most underrated NBA star in terms of character. Definitely worth a follow.

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There we have it, guys. Are you in Instagram yet? For more information on Instagram and it's impact on the sports digital world