5 Jewish Olympians to Follow on Twitter
Every four years, sports fans and non-sports fans alike come together for the athletic spectacle that is the Summer Olympics! We watch in awe, cheer with enthusiasm and now (in 2012) immediately head to Twitter to update our status about the amazing physical feats we just witnessed! If you’re obsessively Tweeting about the Olympic talents in London, here are the Top 5 Jewish Olympians you should be following on Twitter:
Gymnast Aly Raisman is making her Olympic debut in London this July. She finished third all-around at Trials and first on balance beam and floor to earn her spot on the 2012 team. At 18, she is the oldest member of the U.S. women’s squad and was recently named “Captain!” Follow her back-bending Twitter updates here!
Merrill Moses is one of the top water polo goalkeepers worldwide. He leads by example…and by his vocal chords; he’s constantly directing his teammates from his spot in front of the net. He calls himself very intimidating and even tries to get in his teammates’ heads when they’re trying to score on him during practice. At this very moment, he’s probably trying to get in an opponent’s head via his Twitter account!
Julie Zetlin will be the first U.S. rhythmic athlete to compete at the Olympics since 2004. With Zetlin’s spot solidified, it will also be the first time the U.S. has qualified athletes in both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, men’s and women’s trampoline, and rhythmic gymnastics. Zetlin will be showing off her rhythm on the dance floor…as well as her Twitter feed!
As a swimmer, Garrett Weber-Gale’s first taste of the Olympics came in 2008 when he earned a pair of gold medals from the 400m medley and 400m freestyle relays. His effort in both races contributed to fellow American Michael Phelps’ eight-for-eight performance at the Games that year. He also puts in quite an effort in the kitchen and proudly operates his own food blog called athleticfoodie.com. Follow his Tweets about healthy eating here.
At age 36, Jason Lezak is the oldest member of the U.S. swim team at the 2012 London Olympics. Lezak did not become an elite swimmer until he was 25, and is one of very few elite swimmers to train without a coach. He attributes his ability to coach himself to his many years with Dave Salo at Irvine Novaquatics. Is he an elite Tweeter as well? See for yourself!