Posted February 24, 2014

Hockey dominates Twitter mentions during Sochi Olympics

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T.J. Oshie has 46 points for the Blues this season. (Chicago Tribune/Getty Images)

T.J. Oshie’s shootout performance versus Russia ignited Twitter. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

Hockey was most mentioned sport during the Sochi Olympics among the 40 million total tweets about #Sochi2014, according to data complied by Twitter.

Curling, figure skating, bobsled and snowboarding rounded out the top five sports mentioned.

The United States hockey team’s victory over Russia, led by T.J. Oshie’s four shootout goals, in the qualifying round topped the moments of competition that generated the biggest peaks on Twitter during the games, generating 72,630 tweets per minute (TPM). Four of the top five Sochi moments in terms of TPM were hockey-related, according to data from Twitter.

Canada’s 1-0 victory over the U.S. in men’s hockey generated 47,600 TPM, while the Canadian women’s hockey team’s gold medal victory over the U.S. had 42,000 TPM.

The most mentioned athletes were Oshie, figure skaters Mao Asado and Yuna Kim, and snowboarders Shaun White and Mark McMorris.

VIDEO: Reflections of the Sochi Games 


Shouldn't surprise anyone that hockey tweets dominated the Olympics. Most of the sports are so ridiculous that 99.9 % of the world has never participated in the sports or seen them firsthand. Being the best in the world at something is reduced when you realize that you and a small group of people are the only people who participate in it.