For the next two weeks, you'll be bombarded with news about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. There's a nice way to have fun with the deluge of information: Follow a few locals on social media.
This short list includes Chicago reporters breaking Olympic news, athletes posting photos between events, official accounts that could highlight a local star—and a few big outlets that can round out your mix of coverage.
Brian Cassella, Photojournalist, Chicago Tribune
Brian Cassella is an excellent photographer to follow any time. In Sochi, his Instagram account is the perfect fix for Olympic lovers stuck in the Western Hemisphere. (He's pretty good on Twitter, too.)
Megan Bozek, Women's Hockey Player
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Megan E Bozek moved on to the University of Minnesota, where she played defense for the Golden Gophers. Now she's a part of the gold medal favorite American women's hockey team—and she'll hopefully find time to keep her Instagram stream lively.
One of the Chicago athletes to watch at Sochi, Aja Evans will compete in the women's bobsled event. Here's hoping she posts a POV video of her team racing down the track.
US Figure Skating
Watch the US Figure Skating stream for images of Chicagoan Gracie Gold, and the rest of the athletes—it's a great way to keep an eye on a sport as graceful and picturesque as figure skating.
This one might be obvious—and, admittedly, the Olympics stream isn't a Chicago thing at all—but really, it's already been a great set of images coming out of Sochi.
Jared S. Hopkins, Speedskating Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Hopkins will cover speedskating in Sochi, including Chicago native Shani Davis in his pursuit of a third gold medal.
— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) February 5, 2014
Stacy St. Clair, Reporter, Chicago Tribune
St. Clair's tweet of her yellow tap water went viral and led the anti-Sochi charge on social media. But since then, her tweets have been more gentle. Some have even been nice!
— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Chris Kuc, Hockey Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Kuc is a must-follow for hockey fans. The Olympics stand as the globe's biggest hockey tournament, and Kuc is on the beat for both the men's and women's side. He gives you a dose of the real Sochi life, too.
I think I just angered the entire population of #Sochi when I asked for tonic with my vodka.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) February 5, 2014
Mark Lazerus, Hockey Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
The Olympic hockey tournament is so big, you may need some supplemental tweeting. Lazerus has you covered.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 5, 2014
Philip Hersh, Olympic Writer, Chicago Tribune
Hersh has covered the Olympics masterfully for the Tribune since 1987. His reports focus less on the actual games and more on the international backdrop. Follow him to get some insight into Sochi along with news.
Pre show at Olympic Stadium pic.twitter.com/MUaihM0Eun
— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 7, 2014
Mark MacKinnon, Senior International Correspondent, The Globe and Mail
MacKinnon isn't a Chicago-based reporter, but no one on social media has covered the Olympics better. MacKinnon keeps tabs on Putin, the human rights issues, Sochi's urban environment, and all other behind-the-scenes activites of the Games.
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 6, 2014