While Australia’s Winter Olympians have been banned from using social media inside the the competition venues, training venues and travel to and from the venues (they are allowed to use social media in the athlete’s village see the PDF at bottom of this blog) the New Zealand team are free to tweet, instagram, snapchat, vine and facebook as they please. Time will tell how many Australian athletes comply and we have no doubt some cyber obsessed athletes will find some cheeky time for some quick snaps and updates outside of the restricted zones.
However where there’s a Kiwi there’s usually an Aussie not too far away and the Kiwis have carte blanche on social media from their Olympic Committee. So chances are some of the Aussie athletes may photobomb those Kiwis in a bid to get seen back home by their social media fans.
Which is why you have to bookmark the following Kiwi Olympic Team public social media accounts. Just in case…
Adam Barwood – Alpine
Janina Kuzma – Ski Pipe
Lyndon Sheehan – Ski Pipe
Beau James Wells – Ski Pipe and Ski Slopestyle
Byron Wells – Ski Pipe and Ski Slopestyle
Jossi Wells – Ski Pipe and Ski Slopestyle
Anna Willcox – Slopestyle Ski
Shane Dobbin – Speed skater
Katharine Eustace – Skeleton
Shelly Gotleib – Snowboard slopestyle
Stefi Luxton – Snowboard slopestyle
Christy Prior – Snowboard slopestyle
Bex Sinclair – Snowboard halfpipe
Rebecca Torr – Snowboard slopestyle
Follow the New Zealand Olympic Team social media for updates from athletes:
Here is the official statement from Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman on Australia’s Social Media policy at the Winter Olympics.