Olympians let others do their tweeting

Created: 02/17/2014 7:18 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

They are tweets from some of your favorite athletes at the Winter Games but not all of them are coming directly from the athletes themselves.

You might want to get rid of the image of your favorite skier or hockey player taking off their gloves and using their frigid fingers to tap out a message or upload a picture during a break in the action or between periods but that isn't usually the case.

Many athletes have turned over their social media accounts to their sponsors. The result is that they agree to post a certain number of tweets or updates each day or have commercial messages sent in their name. Agents for US figure skaters Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold both say sponsors draft some of their tweets, plugging their brands. While athletes' agents acknowledge their clients get help in having messages drafted, they didn't specify which tweets have been drafted and posted for them.

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