Overnight stars (figure skater Adelina Sotnikova, snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg). Favored underdogs (figure skater Michael Christian Martinez). Breakout stars — or athletes who literally had to break out (bobsledder Johnny Quinn, out of his hotel room).
Much of the fears going into the XXII WInter Games went, fortunately, unrealized (although much of the political drama happened just a border away). At the 2014 Olympics, however, aside from a few Sochi problems, more focus could be on the athletes themselves.
In true Internet fashion, the heavy favorites going in (from figure skating hopeful Gracie Gold to controversial bobsledder Lolo Jones) remained a subject of intense online scrutiny. Others, like Russian speed skater Olga Graf, got lots of (unintentional) intention for a wardrobe malfunction — in the bronze medalist's case, somewhat self-inflicted in her exhiliration of coming in third place.
We invite you to scroll through our list of the top 12 names that topped Yahoo Search during the Olympics. Why a dozen? To have a list of 10 Olympians and two commentators: Tara Lipinski will always be an Olympian, but this time she garnered attention for doing such an impressive job with Johnny Weir as a figure skating analyst. (Weir himself ranked #18, thanks to lookups for his fabulous wardrobe.) And of course, NBC sports anchor Bob Costas eye became the viral (so to speak) hit of the games. In a top 20 list, Costas would have made the list twice: His eye made #9, while the rest of him came in #14. Combining those searches would've put him in fourth place.