Team USA finished on top with a 121 medals, 46 of which were gold, so it’s no surprise that the United States was the most talked about country on social, followed by host country, Brazil:
The many athlete “firsts” and “lasts” this year included Simone Biles’s first Olympic gold medal, and Michael Phelps’s last Olympic race, earning him a spot as one of the most decorated Olympians of all time. Fans from around the world took to social media to talk about these historic moments. Michael Phelps was the most talked about athlete during the Olympics, with just over 1 million mentions, followed by Usain Bolt in second place (no!) and Simone Biles in third (never!).
As for the events, "swimming" scored the most mentions on Twitter, blogs, and in forums, with over 630,000 mentions. The silver goes to "gymnastics," and "basketball" gets the bronze.
So, what were they saying? “Gold,” “2016,” “medal,” “Games,” and “team” were the top key words in conversations about swimming events, and "Phelps" was the only athlete’s name to appear in swimming chatter, which makes complete sense, as he was also the most talked about athlete at the Olympic Games.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do, now that I can’t watch the world’s greatest athletes compete on TV every night after work. My next best option is to relive some of the highlights and greatest moments through the more than 13 million mentions of the Games online since the Opening Ceremony.