Olympic stars from Hawke's Bay all a Twitter

By COREY CHARLTON


Hawke's Bay's Olympic athletes have taken to Twitter to give fans a glimpse of what life is like at the world's most illustrious sporting event.

In its infancy during the Beijing Olympics four years ago, this year Twitter has become a popular platform for fans to connect and follow athletes at the London Olympics.

Usain Bolt's Twitter profile has a simple self-proclamation he is "The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen", while Michael Phelps' profile has shots of his medals, and the outdated description he is a "14-time Olympic gold medallist" (he won his 18th yesterday).

When not training or competing, Black Stick Shea McAleese and rower Emma Twiggs' thumbs have also been busy on their keypads broadcasting their thoughts on their performances, the day-to-day life of the Olympic village and showing their support for the rest of the New Zealand contingent.

A picture of Black Sticks goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex losing a bet and having to clear 24 food trays at the athletes' dinner hall surfaced: "Took it like a champion #olympic village," McAleese tweeted.

Shots of the men's team in their uniforms, pictures of himself with US basketballers Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook - "great guys, get harassed lots but cool they have photos with us" - and the team training or working out are a few other pieces of the Olympics journey that McAleese has uploaded.

Emma Twigg, of Napier, has also been prolific on Twitter, posting her messages of support for the country's successful rowing squads, as well as her thoughts on her fourth place in the women's single sculls final on Saturday. She uploaded a close-up of the bronze medal Dutch rower Nienke Kingma won along with a tweet declaring, "love your work Dutchie!".

Tweets

Shea McAleese tweets:

* @BlackSticks boys watching the girls play! Sweet weather! Mexican wave going around good atmosphere!! #olympics #hockey

* Congrats to @EmzNaylor for her 200th game tonight & @anita - punt playing in her 100th!! #impressive good luck against USA #olympics

* #acupuncture anyone?? Here is a lot of needles in my shin from a whack I took yesterday!! @BlackSticks #olympics

* thanks Sid! All true!! We need to get our heads out of our a*** and stay playing Kiwi hockey! Today is the day!

Emma Twigg tweets

* Pretty excited about tomorrow ... Go my boys! @kiwipair @MaheDrysdale #myheroes

* What a day for NZ, training partners @MaheDrysdale and @kiwipair golden boys and bronze for men's team pursuit #loveit

* Tough race today, proud of how I raced but not meant to be today. Won't be the end. So proud of my team mates. #legends

* Hawke's Bay's Olympic athletes have taken to Twitter to give fans a glimpse of what life is like at the world's most illustrious sporting event.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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