Throughout the London Olympics, we'll be getting acquainted with athletes from around the world in a variety of sports from archery and badminton to volleyball and water polo. There will be familiar faces like Michael Phelps and Hope Solo but there will very likely be unexpected men and women who grab the spotlight between the Opening Ceremony and the conclusion of the Games.

While there will likely be plenty of profiles of these athletes on television, in print and on the web, sometimes the best way to get to know them is to go straight to the source. No, we're not saying you should follow these Olympians to London. Instead, follow them on Twitter.

When many prominent athletes aren't competing, they tend to be tweeting. Some, like Lolo Jones, are as likely to tweet about their personal lives as their personal bests in their event of choice. Via Twitter, some Olympians will bring you along for the ride as the London Olympics unfold.

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  • Lolo Jones

  • Caroline Wozniacki

  • Michael Phelps

  • Ryan Lochte

  • Serge Ibaka

  • Hope Solo

  • Kevin Durant

  • Gabrielle Douglas

  • Allyson Felix

  • Serena Williams

  • Alex Morgan

  • Juan Mata García

  • Natalie Coughlin

  • Tyson Gay

  • Chris Paul

  • Ashton Eaton

  • Jordyn Wieber

  • Alexandra Raisman

  • Kerri Walsh

  • Deron Williams

  • Anjali Forber-Pratt

  • LeBron James

  • Oscar Pistorius

  • Sanya Richards-Ross

  • Susan Francia

  • HolleyMangold

  • Luol Deng

  • Matthew Mitcham

  • Matt Stutzman

  • Usain St. Leo Bolt

  • Chris Hoy

  • Carmelita Jeter

  • Eamon Sullivan

  • Novak Djokovic

  • Stephanie Rice

  • Tom Daley

  • James Harden

  • Asafa Powell

  • Carmelo Anthony

  • Manu Ginobili

  • Rebecca Adlington

  • NickSymmonds

  • Dominik Meichtry

  • Cullen Jones

  • Jordan Burroughs

  • Kevin Love

  • Anthony Davis

  • Andre Iguodala

  • Ellis Coleman

  • Serena Williams

  • Pau Gasol