Sochi 2014: 14 athletes to follow on Instagram

A guide to the top Paralympic accounts to follow on Instagram at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. 21 Feb 2014
Para-snowboarder Nicole Roundy is an athlete to follow on Instagram

Para-snowboarder Nicole Roundy is an athlete to follow on Instagram


It has to be said that Instagram is dominated by alpine skiers, snowboarders and ice sledge hockey players. They have a great sense of humour and will take you to some pretty awesome locations with the stunning photographs. Here is a guide of the top 14 accounts to follow. Oh, and make sure you’re following @paralympics too!

1. @Nroundy

If you are looking for recipes for a healthy meal, US snowboarder Nicole Roundy is your Paralympian to follow on Instagram. You will also get to know her team mates as she does not like to be alone in a picture.

2. @evan_strong

Growing up on Maui, USA’s Evan Strong never could have imagined chasing gold on a snowboard. Follow him on Instagram for cool training and racing pictures.

3. @Jessgallagher86

Australia’s Jessica Gallagher posts photos of anything from warm choc chip cookies to horse shoe trophies.

4. @Scorginski

Have you ever wondered what the daily life of ski coach looks like? Follow Mark Scorgie, coach of the British Combined Services Disabled Ski Team for lots of competition updates.

5. @Jadecetherington

Great Britain’s alpine skier Jade Etherington does not just post photos from competitions but is also quite partial to selfies.

6. @Ricosled23

Army veteran Rico Roman has an exceptional story that took him from battleground in Iraq to the Shayba Arena in Sochi. Follow him on Instagram on his road to Sochi.

7. @tjacobsen87

After a serious injury on the ice, Norway’s Thomas Jacobsen decided to make the jump from ice sledge hockey to alpine skiing last year. Follow him on the road to Sochi.

8. @Usasledsniper7

The US ice sledge hockey team players seem to take over Instagram. Follow Taylor Lipsett’s road to Sochi through his pictures, you will probably see some familiar faces on his team photos.

9. @Mellycorradini

Italy’s Melania Corradini, a Paralympic silver medallist, seems to live in a winter wonderland if you browse through her Instagram photos, but when you scroll down to her summer photos you know why you have to visit Italy at least once in your life.

10. @Sledsweeney13

Josh Sweeney likes to takes selfies wearing funny t-shirts, caps or sunglasses. Follow him on Instagram to see if he finds some funny accessories in Sochi.

11. @Gauthiervincent

When not hitting the slopes Vincent Gauthier-Manuel does not take life too seriously. If you are a fan of funny pictures follow this Frenchman on Instagram.

12. @Romrib

If you do not get jealous seeing mountains with fresh powder and clear blue sky every time you are checking Instagram, make sure you follow Romain Riboud. This French alpine skier has some great camera skills.

13. @Captain_Selx

Austria’s Markus Salcher was on skis for the first time when he was two-and-a-half years old, and his photos clearly show that he still has fun on the snow after all those years.

14. @vaernes9

Norwegian Morten Vaernes is a full-time ice sledge hockey player and shares photos when he is on the road with his team. Besides ice sledge hockey Vaernes likes to try tricks in his sit-ski that look spectacular on Instagram.