Twitter Wraps Up 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal captured the attention of the Twitterverse from July 23 through Aug. 8

There were 43 times more mentions of the @Olympics account during the event than previously in 2021
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Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal left her mark on the Twitterverse during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games from Tokyo, as she was the social network’s most mentioned athlete between July 23 and Aug. 8, and her silver medal in women’s street skateboarding was the most tweeted about event during that time period.

Lead partner manager and head of quadrennial events Jay Bavishi wrote in a blog post Monday, “The Games are now complete, and the last 17 days have left sports fans worldwide with incredible memories from top events, led by some of the finest athletes on the planet. Fans everywhere turned to Twitter to cheer for thrilling victories, engage with athletes, watch highlights from official broadcasters and share in the live experience.”

There were 43 times more mentions of the @Olympics account during the event than previously in 2021.

The most tweeted about events from July 23 through Aug. 8 were:

  1. Leal wins silver in women’s street skateboarding
  2. Japan wins gold in men’s baseball, defeating U.S.
  3. Japan wins gold in table tennis mixed doubles, defeating China
  4. Japan wins gold in women’s softball, defeating U.S.
  5. Brazil win gold in men’s soccer, defeating Spain

The most mentioned athletes during that time period were:

  1. Leal, skateboarding, Brazil
  2. Simone Biles, gymnastics, U.S.
  3. Neeraj Chopra, track and field, India
  4. Kim Yeon-koung, volleyball, South Korea
  5. Greysia Polii, badminton, Indonesia

The most mentioned sports were:

  1. Volleyball
  2. Soccer
  3. Basketball
  4. Skateboarding
  5. Gymnastics

And the three most liked @Olympics tweets were:

Bavishi added, “Up next are the Paralympic Games. Follow @Paralympics on Twitter and use the #Paralympics hashtag to unlock our custom emoji, enjoy the action and keep on top of what’s happening in Tokyo.”

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