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Ice hockey wins Twitter for Winter Olympics

Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5), goalkeeper Carey Price

Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5), goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31), Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) and Shea Weber of Canada (6) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Credit: AP / Petr David Josek

Ice hockey at the Winter Olympics generated much of the buzz in the general sports world, but it wasn't until Sunday -- the final day of the Games in Sochi, Russia -- that it became the most mentioned sport on Twitter since the 17-day event began.

Which sport did it overtake in the final hours of the Olympics when Canada beat Sweden for the gold medal? Curling.



Rounding out the top five most mentioned sports on Twitter, according to information tallied by the social media giant, were figure skating, bobsled and snowboard.

Ice hockey also occupied four of the top five spots on Twitter's list of Olympic moments that generated the biggest peaks of conversation, based on tweets per minute (TPM). Those top five topics were:

1. USA beats Russia in men's ice hockey game shootout: 72,630 TPM

2. Canada defeats USA in men's semifinal ice hockey game: 47,600 TPM

3. Yuzuru Hanyu wins gold in men's figure skating: 45,750 TPM

4. Canada defeats USA for women's ice hockey gold medal: 42,000 TPM

5. Canada defeats Sweden for men's ice hockey gold medal: 27,700 TPM

Twitter reported that more than 40 million tweets about the Olympics were sent during the Games. The United States ranked eighth in the world for most tweets about the Winter Olympics from Feb. 6-24. South Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, was No. 1, while 2014 host Russia was second.

The five most mentioned Olympic athletes on Twitter since the Games started include just two medal winners -- South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim (silver) and Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris (bronze). The full list, including sport and home country:

1. Mao Asada (women's figure skating, Japan)

2. Yuna Kim (women's figure skating, South Korea)

3. T.J. Oshie (men's ice hockey, USA)

4. Shaun White (snowboarding, USA)

5. Mark McMorris (snowboarding, Canada)


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