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SOCHI - A baby may have more Twitter followers than some adults.

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How is that possible? It's because his parents are both Olympic athletes who decided to share the Sochi experience through their son's eyes on Twitter.

Kelly Vanderbeek is a former ski racer, who came in fourth in the Turin Olympics.

Her husband David Ford, a whitewater kayaker, competed in five Olympics and is getting ready for Rio.

Their 3-month-old son @CooperGFord already has more than 1,500 followers.

"Absolutely taking away the best baby album we could have ever asked for," Vanderbeek said, while feeding Cooper at the NBC commissary.

"I'm here in Sochi covering [for Canadian television]. So I follow mothers of athletes. We thought it would be kind of fun to bring our own little munchkin and tug him along and is raised by Olympians."

Cooper doesn't seem to care much about anything but maybe stuffing his hands into his mouth.

"What do you think Cooper? What do you see?" Vanderbeek asked him smiling. "I think he sees lots of color. I think he sees a whole lot of people 'oohing' and 'awwing.'"

Vanderbeek said it was a leap of faith bringing a small child to the Olympics, but security professionals she spoke with said it was an adventure equal to Mexico.

"We are known to be a little crazy in Canada, so maybe that's why we brought this little munchkin with us and are having a blast," she said.

Don't know this for a fact, but he could be the youngest man with credentials.

He might have been around for only three months, but the world has already caught on and is watching his every move.

"It's just a fun lighthearted way to follow the Sochi Games," Vanderbeek said. "Not everybody is into sport, not everybody is into people skating around in circles, [throwing] themselves down the mountain. However, everyone can relate to a baby. It's just cute. We're posing in front of different venues. He's getting in with different celebrities, lots of medalists."

The 3-month-old with his blue eyes and milky white skin is a stunner. He's melting every single heart, every single one.

"There is a certain exterior to a lot of the Russian people," Vanderbeek said. "As soon as they see a baby, that crack immediately. And all of a sudden, male, female, security guard, they're just like 'oh, baby.' It's been a real ice breaker to the Russian culture and the Russian people."

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