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Best tweets from #London2012 athletes!

17 septembre 2012

The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were, without a doubt, the first digital Games in history. In one single day more tweets were sent than during the entire Games in Beijing. During the men’s 100m final, a whopping 2,360 tweets were sent per second. Athletes took part in the trend. We have selected some funny or touching tweets from champions on social media.

Novak Djokovic @DjokerNole

“I’ll never forget the last night’s spectacle! The excitement, adrenaline, the atmosphere – everything was just perfect… “,

July 28th, the day after the London 2012 opening ceremony when Novak bore Serbia’s Olympic flag.

Tom Daley @TomDaley1994

“We met Lebron James! “,

July 28th. The Olympic village is also the opportunity for young athletes to meet superstars! However, Tom Daley was one of the most famous faces from TeamGB: he won the bronze medal on the 10-metre men’s platform final.

Ryan Lochte @ryanlochte

“Congrats to @MichaelPhelps for making Olympic history again tonight. Glad I had the honor of competing on the same stage as you”,

July 31st. Eleven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, three silver, three bronze), he won five medals in London, including a silver medal behind Phelps in the last head-to-head race of their careers in the 200m individual medley.

Jessica Ennis @J_Ennis

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they have given me over the past few weeks! I’m blown away! Can’t believe I’m Olympic Champion!”,

August 4th, just after becoming Olympic champion in heptathlon. One month ago, she was welcomed back to Sheffield by an estimated twenty thousand people. She’s with no doubt one of the success story of the London Games.

Usain Bolt @usainbolt

“Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.”;

“To my mom and dad you all made this possible.. Infinite love for u both”,

August 9th, the day when Usain Bolt became the first man to retain both Olympic sprint titles as he led a gold and green Jamaican clean sweep in the 200m.

Hope Solo @hopesolo

“Some of my other heroes… “,

August 9th, just after winning the London 2012 women soccer final. She now owns two Olympic gold medals as well as the golden glove award as the top goalie at 2011 FIFA World Cup.

Michael Phelps @MichaelPhelps

“First workout in retirement … Painful but good way to end the day after 3 hours of beach volleyball!!!”, August 10th. A well-deserved retirement after winning 22 Olympic medals during his career!

Alexandra Raisman @Aly_Raisman

“The pools closed… We’re NOT impressed. “, August 11

“Closing ceremonies tonight. So thankful for this incredible journey and experience! The memories will never fade.”,

August 12th. Alexandra was the captain of the gold medal-winning US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She individually won a gold medal on the floor – becoming the first American woman to win this title – and a bronze medal on the balance beam.

Ellie Simmonds @EllieSimmonds1

”Closing Ceromony…. That means we are next! #thanksforthewarmup @ParalympicsGB”,

August 12th, two weeks before the opening of the London 2012 Paralympics. At the age of 13, Ellie Simmonds was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing where she won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. In London she took Gold in the 200m Individual Medley and 400m freestyle.

Rebecca Adlington @BeckAdlington

“After over 10 years of hard work it’s nice to finally be on a proper break and be a bit more normal for a while!! excited to sleep and eat :-) ”,

August 13th. She won bronze medals in the women’s 400m and 800m freestyle events in London and is the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908.

Oscar Pistorius @OscarPistorius

“I hope that through my performances & All of You in the coming days that I can draw attention to a shift in mindset about disabilities!”,

August 29th. Oscar became “a TRUE legend of sports !!! The only sportsman to compete in the Olympics AND Paralympics” (@Becker_Boris)

Martine Wright @martine_wright

“I count myself so lucky to have made this journey & remember all those from 07/07 who were not as lucky as me, they are in my heart always x”,

September 9th; Martine has now fulfilled her Olympic dream as part of the ParalympicGB sitting volleyball team. She lost both her legs in the 2005 London bombings the day after celebrating that London had won the Olympic bid.

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