The 29 American Olympians' Instagrams to Follow Now

Two dogs wearing Olympics sunglasses at the beach
Forget the dog days of summer — it's the Olympics! (Image: Instagram: @olympics)

What do the internet and the Olympics have in common? For starters, they both bring people together from all over the world.

And though the 2016 summer games officially start August 8, there's still plenty of exciting buildup on Instagram beforehand (just check out the hashtag #RoadtoRio for proof).

Not sure who to follow for all the action? Start with these 29 accounts for your behind-the-scenes look at U.S. athletes who just might capture gold in Rio.

For All the Action

Looking for a few accounts to give you a quick summary shot of what's going on in Rio? You'll want to follow these four accounts.

Olympians on the Mat (and Beam and Rings)

You'll flip for these Instagram accounts featuring the finest gymnasts that America has to offer. Watch these men and women exhibit some of the craziest feats of strength and balance — from the uneven and parallel bars to the vault and the floor.

Athletes Hitting the Track

These runners are fast as lightning! They've set records nationally and are setting themselves up to steal the world's spotlight this summer. So be sure to catch them (if you can) on Instagram.

And Those Making a Splash

As the summer heats up, we'll all want to take a dip in the pool. But the reason these athletes are in the water has nothing to do with cooling down. In fact, they've just begun to make things even hotter. Figuratively, of course.

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Don't Miss Out on These Other Awesome Athletes

With 43 different sports being featured at the 2016 Olympics, there's no way to feature each and every athlete here. But if you're looking to take a break from the standard sports, here are some other events and their star athletes to watch out for.

What Do YOU Think?

Will you be watching the Summer Olympics this year? What sport are you most looking forward to? Who are some of your favorite athletes, and do you follow any of them on Instagram? Who would you add to this list? Share your suggestions in the comments section below!

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