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Twitter Olympics: Athletes Have To Beware Being Distracted By Social Media

Twitter Olympics

LONDON (AP) — Hello (at)Twitter world!!! I’m at (hash)Olympics. Shd be training not tweeting … LOL

Laugh if you like, but there was a bit of a buzz Friday about athletes risking their medal chances with every “tweet” and “like” on Twitter and Facebook.

“I have found quite a close correlation between the number of tweets at competitive times and the level of under-performance,” said Sebastian Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500 meters and the head organizer of what is being dubbed the “Social Media Games.”

“From a personal perspective, when I was an athlete I just wanted complete and total focus,” he said. “I knew it was my time and that they don’t come around that often. If I was focusing on trying to defend a title I wouldn’t be reading Twitter, I wouldn’t be interested in it. Why would I?”

British tennis star Andy Murray echoed those sentiments.  Read More

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