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23 Olympic Athletes You Can Follow On TikTok

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It might be 2021, but the Summer Olympics that were supposed to be in 2020 are in full swing in Tokyo, Japan. From July 23 through Aug. 8, some of the top athletes in the world are competing for about 5,000 medals across 33 sports. If you’re looking to get hyped about the games, finding Olympic athletes to follow on TikTok can help pump you up.

Olympic TikTok is giving fans unprecedented insight into the games within the games. After the public discovered those infamous “anti-sex” cardboard beds, dedicated TikTok investigating by the U.S. rugby team, posted by Olympian Ilona Maher, has shown how the beds hold up under clap push-ups, CPR, crying fits, and temper tantrums. TikTok shenanigans have also revealed that though the beds in the Olympic village may not be so effective at preventing horizontal fun times, they are pretty comfortable, eco-friendly, and totally recyclable.

As thousands of athletes stay in the Olympic village in Japan to compete, you can grab yourself a part of the action on TikTok. For diehard sportsball fans and casual viewers alike, you can turn to these 23 Olympic athlete TikTok accounts to discover Olympians displaying their skills, post-medal joy, and — of course — their spontaneous dance breaks in the Olympic village.

1

Basketball Player A'ja Wilson

Just because you're an Olympian doesn't mean your TikTok has to be all about the game. Basketball player A'ja Wilson's TikTok features her catching up on her dance moves and having fun with TikTok memes and challenges.

2

Gymnast MyKayla Skinner

Not many of Team USA’s famed Women’s Gymnastics team is on TikTok, but MyKayla Skinner, who’s headed to the Olympics for the second time, serves up all the mat content you need to get excited for the Games.

3

Diver Sam Fricker’

Ever watched pro divers flip over and over and over in the air and wonder how they don’t get sick from dizziness? Olympic diver Sam Fricker’s TikTok doesn’t have an answer for you — but he is open to fielding your questions.

4

Sprinter Andre De Grasse

Need a dash of inspiration for your next sprinting workout? Watching Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse fly across your feed can give you everything you need to get you ready to run.

5

Soccer Player Alex Morgan

You can get your fill of a range of content — from sports to cute babies — on soccer player Alex Morgan's TikTok. You'll learn on her feed that fancy footwork and apple sauce definitely go together.

6

Diver Jordan Windle

Whether you want to watch him dive or see him and his friends hang Christmas lights, you can check out diver Jordan Windle’s TikTok for laughs and swimspiration.

7

Swimmer Katie Ledecky

There aren't exactly a lot of videos on Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky's TikTok — but the vid that exists is a real charmer. You'll learn how to balance a glass of chocolate milk on your head while swimming a full lap in the pool. According to Ledecky, step two involves a very simple direction: "don't spill."

8

Basketball Player Stefanie Dolson

Basketball player Stefanie Dolson’s TikTok is almost as entertaining as watching Dolson crush it on defense. From driveway basketball fails to dancing — a whole lot of dancing, some of which happens on a lawn mower — there’s never a dull moment on Dolson’s TikTok.

9

Basketball Player Allisha Gray

Best friend challenge, anyone? Basketball player Allisha Gray’s TikTok features the 2017 WNBA rookie of the year being silly with friends and keeping up to date with TikTok’s latest and greatest memes.

10

Volleyball Player Sarah Sponcil

You might not know that you need to watch an Olympic volleyball player teaching her mom to play volleyball, but Sarah Sponcil’s TikTok will show you that you do. You also definitely need to see what happens when a non-golfing Olympian tries golf for the first time.

11

Volleyball Player Alix Klineman

There may not be a lot of vids on Olympic volleyball player Alix Klineman’s TikTok, but they’re worth watching. What does a day in the life of an Olympian look like — from the perspective of what shoes they’re wearing? You’ll find out, and also learn about how Klineman makes macadamia nut pancakes.

12

Volleyball Player April Ross

Who needs an actual opponent to practice their serve? Not volleyball player April Ross, whose TikTok will inspire you to set up a wooden target in your backyard when you need to let some energy out.

13

Diver Delaney Schnell

You’ve heard of handstands, but have you seen one performed on a high diving board, leading into a dive? Check out Olympic diver Delaney Schnell’s TikTok and you will.

14

Karateka Sakura Kokumai

Sakura Kokumai has been practicing karate for 20 years and is a literal Olympian — but still gets asked if she’s a black belt. Check out her TikTok for an Olympic-level reaction to ridiculous questions, Kokumai’s dance moves, and — of course — inspiring training compilations.

15

Rower Kendall Chase

If you’re looking for Olympic-level pride on your feed, rower Kendall Chase has your back. Check out her TikTok for joyful vids of Chase galavanting around with a Pride flag to her honest opinion of people who wake up early to work out (herself included).

16

Rower Kristine O’Brien

Rower Kristine O’Brien’s TikTok is full of vital Olympic training compilations — think the #whippedcreamchallenge, because you definitely need that coordination while rowing.

17

Rugby Player Kayla Canett

What happens when an Olympian is also an introvert? Rugby player Kayla Canett’s TikTok will give you some insight. You’ll also learn why she’s been called elastagirl.

18

Rugby Player Ilona Maher

Rugby player Ilona Maher is the unofficial TikTok documentarian of the Tokyo Olympics. Her page will keep you up to date on budding romances in the Olympic village.

19

Rugby Player Naya Tapper

Olympians had to improvise during the pandemic, too. Rugby player Naya Tapper used a bamboo bar to improve her bench press game. Of course, her TikTok will also let you get a glimpse of her rugby skills, too.

20

Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt

Tune into skateboarder Jordyn Barratt’s TikTok to watch her catching big air on her board — and see some puppy videos, too.

21

Skateboarder Mariah Duran

Yes, Olympic-level athletes still go have fun in skate parks. Skateboarder Mariah Duran’s TikTok will show you what it looks like when Olympians break their boards in parking lots.

22

Surfer Kanoa Igarashi

Olympic surfer Kanoa Igarashi is the unofficial TikTok thirst trap of the Tokyo games — he went viral after responding to a TikTok thanking Japan for making surfing an Olympic sport (subtext: because he’s in it). But his TikTok proves that he’s more than just a pro surfer: He’s also mastered the art of flopping perfectly onto a hotel bed.

23

Skateboarder Sky Brown

Wondering what Olympians do during their spare time in the Olympic village? 13-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown is the youngest summer Olympian ever, and will let you know how the pros do it.