PHOENIX, Arizona, September 25. THE third annual Twitter 100 list from Sports Illustrated features world champion Missy Franklin’s Twitter account as a top feed to follow for the latest in sports news and infotainment.
“With shared photos of close friends and family, and shout outs to favorite spots in her Colorado community, Franklin’s Twitter feed perfectly reflects the journey of a young girl growing up as an Olympic champion,” Sports Illustrated wrote about the reasons why Franklin’s Twitter feed has its writers hooked. “With followers such as Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, Franklin has no problem expressing her enthusiasm for her favorite Colorado sports teams — oh, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
Franklin, who is about a month into her freshman year at California-Berkeley, is just the second swimmer to be featured on this list, now in its third year. Natalie Coughlin was a part of the Twitter 100 list in its inaugural year in 2011.
Thrilled to be on @SInow #SITwitter100! So cool! Thank you so much!☺️ http://t.co/aR5aDcKzR4— Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) September 25, 2013
Though Franklin is the only person directly associated with aquatic sports on the 2013 list, she is part of a distinguished list of athletes, sports reporters and coaches. Other active athletes on the list include basketball player Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant), Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold), Olympic champion runner Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix), basketball player Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) and basketball player Lebron James (@KingJames).
Non-athletes of note on the list include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (@mcuban), actor Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson), sports writer Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons), and TV commentator Dick Vitale (@DickieV).
The Twitter 100 list was compiled by Sports Illustrated staff members.
Click here to see the full list of the 2013 Twitter 100.