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Social media statistics from Sochi 2014

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The top American social media subjects of the Sochi Olympics were T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men’s hockey team and figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White, according to statistics from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The USOC posted a recap of record social media, digital and broadcast platforms numbers from the Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday.

Here are some of the highlights:

The most popular tweet from the USOC’s account during the Olympics was this:

The U.S.’ win over Russia via shootout generated a record Games-high 72,630 tweets per minute.

A post of Davis and White winning the U.S.’ first Olympic ice dancing gold was the most popular on Facebook.

As a whole, the U.S. Olympic Team of more than 200 athletes was the most active of all nations on social media in Sochi. It totaled 22,598 posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to the USOC. Canada (15,716) and Great Britain (9,867) were next highest.

Oshie, Gus Kenworthy and Shaun White experienced the greatest gain in Twitter followers, all adding more than 93,000 each.

The top Paralympics event was the U.S.’ 1-0 win over Russia in the sledge hockey final and this tweet from the U.S. Paralympic Team account:

This USOC recap has more information on record viewership numbers for NBC, NBCSN, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports Live Extra and TeamUSA.org.

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WATCH LIVE: U.S. Olympic marathon trials — 1 p.m. ET

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The first six members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team will be determined on the streets of Los Angeles, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.

At the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, the top three finishers in each of the men’s and women’s races will qualify for the Rio Olympics.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials — 1-4 p.m. ET

The men’s race (1:06 p.m. ET) includes 2012 Olympic trials winner Meb Keflezighi hoping to become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever, Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp in his 26.2-mile debut and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, who was fourth at the 2012 trials in Houston.

The women’s race (1:22 p.m. ET) includes all three 2012 Olympic marathon team members — Shalane FlanaganDesi Linden and Kara Goucher. Plus, Amy Cragg, who was fourth at trials four years ago.

Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Carrie Tollefson.

Olympic Marathon Trials Previews: Men | Women

Shani Davis out of the medals at World Championships for first time

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Shani Davis finished fifth in his two best events, missing the podium at the World Single Distance Championships for the first time in his career.

Davis, a two-time Olympic 1000m champion and two-time 1500m silver medalist, finished 2.36 seconds behind Russian winner Denis Yuskov in the 1500m on Friday in Kolomna, Russia.

On Saturday, Davis was .68 behind Russian winner Pavel Kulizhnikov in the 1000m. Full competition results are here.

Davis, 33, is the world-record holder in both events and won a surprise World 1000m title last season, after contemplating retirement during a campaign in which he had one World Cup podium finish (a third place).

He is older than any previous World Championships men’s medalist in a distance shorter than 5000m, according to SchaatsStatistieken.nl.

“I’m not a middle-type-of-the-pack skater,” Davis said last year. “If I’m not competitive with the rest of the world, and I’m sixth and seventh and eighth, whatever, then it’s not for me. I can happily move on.”

This season, Davis also has one World Cup podium finish (a third place from Nov. 20).

He struggled at the Sochi Olympics, taking eighth in the 1000m and 11th in the 1500m as part of an overall disappointing performance by U.S. speed skaters.

Later Saturday, Brittany Bowe earned her second Worlds medal in as many days, silver in the 500m behind South Korean Lee Sang-hwa, the two-time Olympic champion and world-record holder. U.S. Olympian Heather Richardson-Bergsma was fifth.

Richardson-Bergsma and Bowe were first and second in the 500m at Worlds last year and second and third in the 1000m on Friday.

Earlier Saturday, Sven Kramer captured his 19th career World Single Distance Championships gold medal and second in as many days.

The Dutchman won his ninth Olympic or World title in the 5000m. Kramer hasn’t been beaten in that race at an Olympics or Worlds since Chad Hedrick topped him at the 2006 Olympics.

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