The Olympics just finished up awarding athletes from around with world for their incredible abilities. We know how they all fared on the court, the mat, or in the pool, but what about online? Newly released data from Twitter reveals that athletes Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Neymar, and Usain Bolt were the most buzzed about Olympians online at the 2016 event.
In total, the Olympic games racked up more than 187 million tweets, which Twitter then sifted through to determine the most-tweeted moments during the Rio competition. Two of those came courtesy of Brazil’s star footballer Neymar. In the championship men’s soccer game, Neymar pulled out the win for Brazil over Germany by scoring the game’s first goal (the third most-tweeted moment), and then landing the gold medal-winning penalty kick in a shootout (the No. 1 most-tweeted moment). In between these two achievements came Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s third consecutive gold medal win in the men’s 100m.
Bolt and Neymar were also two of the most mentioned athletes of the games (No. 2 and 3, respectively), but they couldn’t take the throne from the most mentioned athlete, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. The viral power of these three athletes must have also helped their respective events become the three most mentioned sports of the 2016 Olympics: Swimming was first, followed by football/soccer, and then track and field.
Finally, although she didn’t crack the previous metrics, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles truly stuck the landing on the retweets front — with some help from Zac Efron. Biles’ video meeting Efron was the most retweeted tweet of any Olympic athlete, according to Twitter. She also got the fourth most-retweeted tweet for her collage of meeting Efron, seventh for revealing Phelps helped teach her how to stack her medals, and 10th for a photo of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team after winning gold.