The torch has been lit and the games are underway. It’s finally time to
tune in to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, which run from Feb. 4 to 20. Athletes from across the world have arrived at the Olympic Village to compete across a record 109 events — from classics like figure skating to all-new events like the monobob. (That’s single-person bobsledding, not the name for Claire’s haircut in that one episode of .) However, many are keeping a close eye on the de facto event that has become a fan favorite since the 2021 Fleabag Summer Olympics: Athlete TikTok content.
Tokyo 2021 Olympic TikTok gave fans unprecedented insight into the games within the games. After the public discovered those infamous “
anti-sex” cardboard beds, dedicated TikTok investigating posted by Olympian Ilona Maher proved how the beds hold up under clap push-ups, CPR, crying fits, and temper tantrums. TikTok shenanigans 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.
While the thousands of athletes in the Olympic village in
Beijing might have some strict schedules, it’s clear that many of them have surrendered their screen time to the clock app. With athletes unveiling Team USA’s custom kits, posting reviews of the Olympic Village cafeteria, and plenty of content specific to their sport, there’s loads of gold medal-worthy content already out there under hashtags like #2022Olympics.
For diehard fans and casual viewers alike, here are 36 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 Snowboarder Meghan Tierney 3 Snowboarder Maddie Mastro 4 Figure Skating Coach Adam Rippon 5 Luger Ashley Farquharson 7 Snowboarder Shaun White
From one look at the thumbnails of snowboarder Shaun White’s
TikTok page, it seems that the record-breaking gold medalist is vying to break another world record in “ Most TikTok Duets Shot While Eating a Plate of Food.” However, judging by his recent earnest post about making it to his fifth Olympic Games this year, White could be making a shift to more Olympics-centric content soon. 8 Skier Alex Ferreira
Halfpipe skier Alex Ferreira is no stranger to content creating. “Ferda by day...hans by night,” his TikTok bio reads above a
YouTube link to a video of his skiing alter-ego, Hotdoggin’ Hans. It’s safe to guess Ferreira won’t be hitting the slopes in elderly prosthetics as Hans, but it seems likely that he will be a good sport about sharing some comedic content in the Village this year. 9 Speed Skater Joey Mantia
From sleek transitions to clever wipeout compilations, Joey Mantia seems to have a tight grasp on TikTok trends. Take a scroll through Mantia’s training ‘Toks and repurposed competition clips if you’re looking to get up to speed on the life of an Olympic speed skater.
10 Figure Skater Karen Chen
With nearly 600k followers and over 15 million likes, figure skater Karen Chen is looking like the one to watch when it comes to content from the Olympic Village. PSA: Scrolling her page might make you dizzy if you watch one too many spinning POVs.
11 Ice Dancer Kaitlin Hawayek
Skating partners maintaining chemistry and harmony on the rink can be crucial to taking home a medal at the Winter Olympics. Kaitlin Hawayek is intent on keeping up her chemistry with partner
Jean-Luc Baker off the rink, too — as she’s started a TikTok series of telling Jean-Luc dad jokes. 12 Skier Breezy Johnson
Since joining TikTok in 2021, Breezy Johnson has been giving followers a behind-the-scenes on her Olympic training journey — and the realities of being a professional athlete. Here’s to hoping the alpine skier’s candid content can give us an inside scoop on her journey this year.
13 Basketball Player A'ja Wilson 14 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. 15 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. 16 Sprinter Andre De Grasse 17 Soccer Player Alex Morgan 19 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." 20 Basketball Player Stefanie Dolson 21 Basketball Player Allisha Gray 22 Volleyball Player Sarah Sponcil 23 Volleyball Player Alix Klineman 24 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. 25 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. 26 Karateka Sakura Kokumai 28 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. 29 Rugby Player Ilona Maher 30 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. 31 Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt 32 Skateboarder Mariah Duran
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This article was originally published on
July 7, 2021