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.
Yahoo Search most searched Olympians
Flag-bearer Todd Lodwick of the U.S. holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
Yahoo Search Tara Lipinski
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TODAY -- Pictured: Tara Lipinski appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire)
Yahoo Search Ashley Wagner
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Ashley Wagner of the United States reacts to her score after competing in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Darren Cummings/Pool/Getty Images)
Yahoo Search Shaun White
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Shaun White of the U.S. practices during a warm-up session ahead of the men's snowboard halfpipe qualification round at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 03 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE 'SOCHI - EDITOR'S CHOICE' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'EDITOR'S CHOICE - 11 FEBRUARY 2014'
Yahoo Search Gracie Gold
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Gracie Gold of the United States performs during the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Yahoo Search Lolo Jones
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The team from the United States USA-3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hug after their second run during the women's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Yahoo Search Julia Mancuso
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Julia Mancuso of the United States prepares to make a run during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Yahoo Search Bode Miller
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United States' Bode Miller shows his gloves with a handwritten birthday greeting to his daughter, Neesyn, to a television camera after finishing the second run in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Yahoo Search Bob Costas eye
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TELESCAN: Bob Costas, Matt Lauer, Jon Stewart, Eric Bolling, Andrea Tantaros and Dana Perino weigh in on Bob Costas' pink eye keeping him from hosting Tuesday night's primetime coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC. (Photo from TouchVision)
Yahoo Search Chart TJ Oshie
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USA forward T.J. Oshie prepares to take a shot against Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovski in an overtime shootout during a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Oshie scored the winning goal and the USA won 3-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Olga Graf with Yahoo Search Chart
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Olga Graf of Russia jubilates during the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Yahoo Search Meryl Davis
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)