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20 Jul 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Social media news

Olympians get down and social with their fans

US swimming heartthrob Ryan Lochte caused a stir on Twitter by offering to personally call up one of his most loyal of fans for a chat.

The six-time Olympic medalist is expected to feature in one of London 2012’s most anticipated showdowns, a head-to-head contest with compatriot Michael Phelps in the 200m and 400m individual medley events.

Lochte, recently voted ESPN’s “most awesome body in sport”, seemed to have a tough time deciding which member of his besotted fan-base to get in touch with.

“I am going to randomly choose someone to call. I think I need some fan support today to keep me going!!!” he tweeted. “You guys are great. HMMMM who am I going to call?????”

Lochte settled on dedicated follower @jeahlochte, named in reference to the laid-backed star’s trademark response of “Jeah!”

“It was so amazing i can't even explain it [sic],” she tweeted. “i just asked him some questions and gave him support for London [sic].” She added that Lochte said he “was really tired”.

Using social media to interact with fans is fast becoming the norm for Olympians in the run-up to the Games.  

Great Britain’s men’s rowing quad held a live Q&A to openly discuss training advice, their early careers and post-Olympic plans.

However, teammate Alan Campbell joined in the questioning by asking such oddities as: “if you were a shoe what type of shoe would you be?”

Easy,” the men retorted, “we [would] definitely be a genuine cowboy boot, without the spurs. I[t] would be the shoe for all occasions.”

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