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Johnny Weir, more Olympians among Google’s trending athletes of 2018

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Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White were the third- and fourth-most Google-trending athletes in the world in 2018.

The full list:
1. Tristan Thompson, Basketball
2. Alexis Sánchez, Soccer
3. Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing
4. Shaun White, Snowboarding
5. Khabib Nurmagomedov, MMA
6. Kawhi Leonard, Basketball
7. Naomi Osaka, Tennis
8. Philippe Coutinho, Soccer
9. Conor McGregor, MMA
10. Harry Kane, Soccer

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.

Google also published a Year in Search video that included Mirai Nagasu and Kim.

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.

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Google Doodle celebrates 120th anniversary of modern Olympics

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The first modern Olympics opened on this day 120 years ago, an anniversary not lost on Google.

The website unveiled four Google Doodle images last night in honor of the Athens 1896 Games.

Those Games were the brainchild of Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a revival 15 centuries after the last ancient Olympics.

Coubertin gave his heart to the Olympic movement — it rests inside a monument at the ancient Olympic site of Olympia.

A total of 243 athletes — men only — from 14 National Olympic Committees competed in Athens in 43 events over nine sports, according to the International Olympic Committee.

This summer, some 10,500 male and female athletes from more than 200 nations are expected to compete in Rio in 306 events over 28 sports.

In 1896, the first modern Olympic champion was Boston’s James Brendan Connolly in the triple jump.

Connolly’s triumph was remarkable given he arrived from a 16-day, 16,000-mile journey to Athens the day before, partied that night and woke from three hours of sleep thinking he had 11 days to rest before his competition.

He learned at breakfast the triple jump was actually that day and won despite gaining 12 pounds during his trip to Greece.

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