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Oscar Pistorius world’s highest trending athlete on Google in 2013

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Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic champion who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, was the No. 1 athlete on Google worldwide trends in 2013.

Google trends are search topics with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period (presumably since the last year). Few Olympians were the most trending athletes in specific country data released, given the definition and that it’s a non-Olympic year.

Pistorius was the fifth-highest trending athlete in the U.S., behind No. 1 Aaron Hernandez, the jailed ex-New England Patriots tight end who pleaded not guilty in September to charges including the first-degree murder Odin Lloyd.

In 2012, NBA point guard Jeremy Lin was the highest trending athlete, ahead of Olympic champions swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast McKayla Maroney, who were second and fourth.

The South African Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, will go on trial from March 3-20 in Pretoria after being charged with murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot through his bathroom door and killed her in the early morning hours on Valentine’s Day.

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was the 10th-most trending athlete in the U.S. in 2013.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was the fifth-highest trending athlete in the world in 2013.

Globally, the Boston Marathon was the most trending event of 2013.

In Norway, Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug was the most searched athlete, ahead of prodigious world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

In South Africa, Pistorius was second in trending people behind Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5. Steenkamp was fifth.

Oscar Pistorius faces more gun charges

Francesco Friedrich wins historic fourth straight bobsled world title

German bob team, Francesco Friedrich, right, and Thorsten Margis, celebrate their victory  after the men's  two-man bob race at the  Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships at Lake Koenigssee, Germany, Sunday Feb. 19. 2017. (Angelika Warmuth/dpa via AP)
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Francesco Friedrich was again fastest in both runs to extend his lead and beat Justin Kripps of Canada for his fourth straight world championship in two-man bobsled on Sunday.

Friedrich, who held a 0.52-lead from Saturday’s opening heats, clocked 49.17 seconds and then 48.94 with his brakeman Thorsten Margis for a combined time of 3 minutes, 16.71 seconds after four runs — 1.20 ahead of Kripps and Jesse Lumsden.

The 26-year-old Friedrich says “We were simply unbeatable this week.”

Germany’s Johannes Lochner was 1.25 back in third with Joshua Bluhm, ahead of Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis of Latvia, Nick Poloniato and Neville Wright of Canada, and Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga of Latvia.

American pilot Steven Holcomb was seventh with Carlo Valdes, 1.68 back.

A skeleton and bobsled team competition was scheduled later Sunday.

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Marcel Hirscher reclaims slalom title, wraps up ‘perfect worlds’

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  Gold medalist Marcel Hirscher of Austria celebrates on the podium following the Men's Giant Slalom during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on February 17, 2017 in St Moritz, Switzerland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Austrian Marcel Hirscher reclaimed the slalom world title, wrapping up what he called “the perfect world championships” with two golds and one silver in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Hirscher, the five-time reigning World Cup overall champion, prevailed by .68 of a second combining two runs. Fellow Austrian Manuel Feller earned silver, followed by German Felix Neureuther, .93 behind.

Hirscher’s biggest slalom rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, was a disappointing fourth, giving Norway fourth-place finishers in all five men’s events at worlds.

The top American was David Chodounsky in 12th.

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Hirscher led by .43 after the morning run and had the third-fastest second run. He finished worlds with golds in the giant slalom and slalom and silver in the super combined, missing gold by .01. All that despite entering worlds sick, reportedly spending days ill in bed.

He said that super combined silver, and especially his maiden GS title, took the pressure off Sunday.

“It was super easy for me, mentally, to [go] into this race,” Hirscher said. “It doesn’t matter if I straddle at the first gate. The only thing that wouldn’t be fine is skiing slow.”

Hirscher is en route to his sixth straight World Cup overall title this season. No other man has won that many, consecutive or not. He previously won the slalom world title in 2013, then was upset at the Sochi Olympics, taking silver behind countryman Mario Matt, who at 34 became the oldest Olympic Alpine champion.

Hirscher led the 2015 Worlds slalom by .88 after the first run, then straddled a gate near the end of the second run while his lead was evaporating.

Hirscher has already proven his excellence on the World Cup and world championships stages. It’s PyeongChang where he must deliver, since he lacks Olympic gold. Hirscher is only 27 years old, but he has cast doubt on going all the way to the 2022 Winter Games.

Feller, 24, took surprise silver without a World Cup podium to his name.

Neureuther earned his third straight world slalom medal, but none have been gold.

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