Emily Seebohm on the end of Twitter abuse

Australian Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm, who admitted her use of  Twitter had affected her performance last week, has also been the victim of abuse from other Twitter users.

The Herald Sun reported late last week that

TWITTER-obsessed Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm has been drawn into a debate with an abusive tweeter, despite a plea from her team’s head coach that swimmers ignore social media during the Olympic Games.

The Brisbane swimmer had claimed one reason for her not winning the backstroke gold as a $1.10 favourite was spending too much time on Twitter on race day, ending up convinced she was going to win the final.

With the 2012 Olympics being labelled ‘The Twitter Games’ this is really the first time social media has had such an impact on an Olympics. With Twitter and Facebook still being in embryonic stages in 2008, the Beijing Olympics could not claim to have been so influenced. What are your thoughts about athletes using social media? Is there a time and place for it or is it just part of life now?

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