Social Media: Shaun White still (kinda) won something at Sochi

Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 25, 2014

(CNN) — If a figure skater over-rotates on a triple axel, but nobody tweets about it — did it actually happen?

Not in Sochi, apparently, where the only thing more overwhelming than the sight of that towering teddy bear at the Closing Ceremony was the number of people posting on Facebook and Twitter about it — and every other thing — at the Winter Olympics.

Facebook says nearly 45 million people were talking about the Games on the social site and according to Twitter, more than 75,000 tweets per minute were being fired off during the U.S.-Russia hockey match, tops for the Olympics.

The roof of Fisht Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park is pictured on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

The roof of Fisht Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park is pictured on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

So what was everybody talking about? (Besides Johnny Weir)

The most-mentioned athlete on Facebook was snowboarder Shaun White, whose medal-less disappointment will certainly be offset by his standing atop this list.

America’s Russia-slaying shootout king, T.J. Oshie, was second, followed by another athlete leaving with Olympic disappointment, South Korean figure skating star Yuna Kim.

Apparently we’re more moved to post about surprises and letdowns than victories, as another fallen figure skater, Japan’s Mao Asada, was the most talked about Olympian over on Twitter. She was followed by Kim, Oshie and White.

While they were all among the most popular athletes in Sochi, which were the most popular sports? Facebook says ice hockey, figure skating, bobsled, curling and luge were the most talked about events. On Twitter, the top three were ice hockey, curling and figure skating.

Twitter also let us know which nations sent the most tweets per resident and while it was topped by usual suspects, such as South Korea, Russia and Japan, the best part here is that Mongolia — whose entire delegation consisted of two cross-country skiers — finished 9th.

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