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.
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.