By Raisa Bruner
August 5, 2016

The Rio Olympics kick off Friday, and you can watch all the official games go down on NBC.

But to get to know the fun-loving personalities of these world class athletes, there’s social media.

Thanks to the advent of Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, we’ll have more opportunities than ever to go inside the Olympic Village and behind the starting lines at every event. (And because so many of the athletes are young and social-media-savvy, there are more ways than ever to feel like you’re in Rio right with them.) Here are the Olympic athletes from all around the world whose (English-language) social media accounts you’ll want to follow — because sure, we can count on them to secure a medal, but best of all, they’ll show us the un-televised side of global sports including goofy shenanigans like pop sing-alongs, Drake dances, and group spa treatments.

Of course, knowing the Olympics, there will be plenty more unexpected stars that pop up as the games progress. But this is a good start for your inside view.

 

Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com.

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