Socialympics: As the athletes begin to arrive in Sochi, we start handing out medals for best tweets

With still a week to go until competition begins at the Sochi Olympics (some events start Feb. 6, before the Feb. 7 opening ceremony), Team USA may not realize that the pressure is already on. We’re declaring the 2014 Socialympics officially open! Here are the U.S. athletes that medalled for Jan. 30 (eligibility began at 5 p.m. ET the previous night.)

EVENT: TRAVEL

Gold: Bobsledder Nick Cunningham

Silver: Tie: Slopestyle skiers Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy

Bronze: Short track speed skater Kyle Carr

EVENT: Posing in front of the Ralph Lauren sign at team processing in Munich (where athletes pick up their swag before heading to Sochi)

Gold: Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg (for the caption, really)

Silver: Slopestyle skier Julia Krass

“Team processing! Can’t wait to rock these at opening ceremonies! #TEAMUSA @maggie_voisin”


Bronze: Slopestyle skier Bobby Brown

EVENT: TEAM USA FASHION

Gold: Speed skater Jordan Malone

“Inside the 2014 U.S. Olympic team podium jacket… #CoveredInInspiration #Road2Sochi”


Silver: Bobsledder Dallas Robinson (could’ve been gold if both had been shirtless)

Bronze: Bobsledder Steven Langton 

Note: The Closing Ceremony ensemble is better. Thank you, bobsledder Johnny Quinn, for the sneak peek.

EVENT: ATHLETES’ VILLAGE

Gold: Speed skater Brian Hansen

Silver: Speed skater Jordan Malone


Bronze: Speed skater Maria Lamb

Note: We look forward to reviews of those beds. Thank you, bobsledder Aja Evans, for the look.

EVENT: OLYMPIANS, THEY’RE JUST LIKE US

Gold: Hockey player Michelle Picard

Silver: Tie: Snowboard cross rider Lindsey Jacobellis and hockey player Alex Carpenter

“#gidget wanted to try it on…. #xgames #gold… happy to be home for a few days before #Sochi”


“So I can bring her to Sochi right?”


Bronze: Hockey player Meghan Duggan

EVENT: HUMOR

Gold: Short track speed skater Eddy Alvarez

“First day in Sochi on the day of my birth and I get stopped by anti doping control… I see how it is 😤 #athleteproblems”


Silver: Speed skater Shani Davis

Bronze: Ice dancer Evan Bates

“. @ThankYouMom, but also thanks dad for always supporting me, even when I wore questionable outfits, like this Elvis number. #tbt”


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