The list is based on search terms that had the highest spike in 2018 compared to 2017. Which would explain why Winter Olympians would outrank the likes of LeBron James and Tom Brady.
In the U.S., “Olympic medal count” ranked ninth in trending news, just behind the royal wedding. White and Vonn were Nos. 2 and 3 on the U.S. athletes top 10, with Chloe Kim in eighth and NBC Sports figure skating analyst Johnny Weir in 10th as the only retired athlete on the list.
In 2016, the Rio Olympics was the top trending sporting event, while Michael Phelps was the No. 3 trending person behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with Simone Biles in fifth and Ryan Lochte ninth.
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will make their NBC Olympic primetime figure skating analyst debuts in PyeongChang.
Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion, and Weir, a two-time Olympian, will join longtime skating broadcast host Terry Gannon in the booth in February.
The trio teamed up for NBCSN figure skating coverage in Sochi, their first Olympics together.
They helped the network post the 10 best weekday daytime audiences in its history and were named NBC Sports’ lead figure skating team later in 2014. Gannon, Lipinski and Weir have also called U.S. and world championships and Grand Prix figure skating events the last three years.
The 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, an NBC Olympics figure skating analyst since 2002, leads the talent on “Olympic Ice,” a new, live, daily figure skating preview show on NBCSN.
Hamilton, a special contributor and analyst, will be joined by host Liam McHugh and analyst Tanith White, a 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist.
Andrea Joyce will reprise her role as a figure skating and short track speed skating reporter in PyeongChang.
They’ve both competed at the Olympics, but now a new kind of competition awaits Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir: Hollywood Game Night.
The show, which is hosted by Jane Lynch, features contestants and celebrities playing party games in pursuit of prizes, and the episode with Johnny and Tara will air tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 29) at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
A sneak peek at the upcoming episode is below and includes a few fun facts you might not have known about these two Olympians-turned-correspondents.