The 2016 Summer Olympics are just over a month away. Those who will be visiting are busy making reservations, buying tickets to the Olympics, and making plans for their upcoming stay. For those of us who will be watching from home, following the Games on social media is one way to keep up with the events. With the Olympics taking place in one of the world's most beautiful cities, following the Olympics on Instagram is a feast for the eyes. Here are 9 Instagram accounts to follow during the 2016 Olympic Games:
Rio 2016 is the official Instagram account of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over the past several months leading up to the games, Rio 2016's feed has included video and images of the Olympic torch travels and athletes' stories. Follow this account for coverage of the Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies and all sporting events, when they kick off in Rio this August.
The Team USA account is the official IG account of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Their feed includes videos and photos of Olympic athletes in the lead up to the Games. Check it out during the games for behind-the-scenes images and videos of Team USA.
Thiago Costa is a Brazilian resident of Rio de Janeiro. His feed contains mostly shots of nature, often taken with his GoPro camera. Look to his feed for some of Rio's main attractions and views, such as Pedra Bonita and Sugarloaf Mountain. Thiago's feed is a good one if you're keen to learn about the city's main points of interest during the Olympics.
Anna Leti Cohen
Anna Leti Cohen has an active Instagram following thanks to her being an ambassador and co-founder of the Instagram community Instagrammers Brasil. Her feed is full of beautiful, colorful shots of Rio de Janeiro, from Rio's famous beaches and skylines to details of everyday life in the Cidade Maravilhosa. And if you're a fan of sunset shots, her feed is for you.
Miles Chamley-Watson is a U.S. Olympian fencer and was the first American man to win the World Championship in Senior Men's Foil. He's also a model, so his IG feed is especially stylish and feed contains catchy images of his fencing moves.
Twenty-year-old Gabby Douglas is an American gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in the team and all-around competitions. Watch her Instagram feed for behind-the-scenes moments of what it's like for one of the most high-profile athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
Tony Azevedo is a four-time Olympian water polo player who was born in Rio de Janeiro but has lived in the United States since just after his birth. He is considered one of the best U.S. water polo players in recent memory and holds a silver medal from the Beijing Olympic Games. He is also the current captain of the US National Men's Water Polo Team. Look to his feed not only for scenes from his Olympic Games experience, but also for how he interprets seeking Olympic gold in his birthplace.
Paulo del Valle
Paulo del Valle is a photographer born in Rio de Janeiro. With over 300,000 followers on Instagram, Paulo del Valle's success comes from his light-filled captures of beautiful places around the world, including Rio de Janeiro and other places in Brazil. Look to his feed for beautiful images from Rio de Janeiro that show his love for his hometown.
Fabio Minduim is a professional photographer from Rio de Janeiro whose feed contains images of Rio's beaches, surfers, and Olympic venues, as well as details of everyday life in Rio.