Farewell, #Sochi2014

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On the day after #Sochi2014 came to a thrilling end with a theatrical closing ceremony at Fisht Stadium, let’s take a look at the memorable wins, losses, dramas and Tweets of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

As these moments unfolded, fans around the world tweeted about their favorite athletes. Veteran stars garnered a lot of conversation on Twitter, as did new heroes who emerged in Sochi. Here are the most-mentioned Olympians:

These were the most-mentioned sports on Twitter during the Games:

  1. Ice Hockey
  2. Curling
  3. Figure Skating
  4. Bobsled
  5. Snowboard

Here are the moments of competition that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation (measured in Tweets per minute, or TPM) during the Games:

With so many athletes, countries, journalists and broadcasters turning to Twitter during the Olympics, fans got some incredible perspectives on amazing athletic accomplishments. This custom timeline features Tweets from throughout the Games:

The roar of the crowd was heard all over the world, too. This map by our own Simon Rogers shows Tweets about the Winter Olympics (ranked by Tweets per million population) in eight languages since the Games began.

These countries sent the most Tweets (per million population) mentioning the Olympics:

  1. South Korea
  2. Russia
  3. Japan
  4. Netherlands
  5. Canada
  6. Norway
  7. Latvia
  8. United States
  9. Mongolia
  10. France

Each day of #Sochi2014, millions of real-time images were shared across Twitter. This photo grid, created by our visualization scientist Nicolas Belmonte, shows a selection of the most-shared images on Twitter each day of competition.

#Sochi2014 has been an incredible experience made even better because the global crowd, athletes and teams joined forces on Twitter throughout the Games. Now, after Sochi, we turn our attention to the next global sporting event in Rio de Janeiro: the 2014 @FifaWorldCup.