The 2012 London Olympics are over. Let’s all hum the theme one more time in our heads, as I’ve been doing daily. Go ahead. Dum-dum-da-da-dum-da-dum-dum… We saw a lot of drama, competition, and of course, the Spice Girls. Lots of the Olympics-related buzz was hosted on Twitter. Lots.
According to Twitter, the 2012 Olympics generated 150 million tweets. The most discussed athlete? You can probably guess: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. According to Twitter’s assessment of the 16-day event, Bolt’s 200m and 100m races generated around 154,000 tweets per minute (TPM). Last night’s closing ceremony, ousted Bolt’s short-lived record, with over 116,000 TPM, especially the Spice Girls’ performance, which accounted for a good amount of the attention.
Some other notable events:
- Andy Murray’s gold medal in the men’s tennis singles: 57,000+ TPM
- Jamaica’s world record and gold in the 4×100 men’s relay: 52,000+ TPM
- Team USA defeats Spain for gold in men’s basketball: 41,000+ TPM
- Kobe Bryant’s slam dunk near the end of the gold medal game versus Spain
- Hope Solo’s save in the women’s soccer final versus Japan
Soccer proved to be the most popular sport overall, generating more than 5 million tweets throughout the Twittersphere. Swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and volleyball also did very well.
Can you name all ten athletes who prompted at least 1 million tweets?
In alphabetical order:
- Yohan Blake
- Usain Bolt
- Kobe Bryant
- Tom Daley
- Gabby Douglas
- LeBron James
- Ryan Lochte
- Andy Murray
- Michael Phelps
- Lee Chong Wei
Side note: I attended the University of Florida and am proud to report the Gators came out of the Swamp alive with 19 medals of their own. What did you think of the 2012 London Olympic games? See y’all in Rio!