Most Popular Winter Olympic Sports in the USA

The Winter Olympic Games only comes around every four years, but it is becoming increasingly popular, and sports which are not usually of interest can become poplar for just that short period of time. Here is some data on American TV viewing during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver which provides interesting information about the transient popularity of some of these sports. See more on the most popular sport in the US, and also the most popular Olympic Games sports.

Popular Sports on TV

Freestyle skiing was the most popular Olympic sport among U.S. TV viewers.

Most Viewed Olympic Sports (through 15 Feb 2010)

Rank Sport Avg. # of Viewers
1 Freestyle Skiing 26,928,346
2 Downhill Skiing 26,689,344
3 Luge 26,157,455
4 Snowboarding 25,469,008
5 Figure Skating 25,448,801
6 Speed Skating 22,557,252

Most Viewed Olympic Sports (Feb 9-18 2010)

Skiing was the most popular Winter Olympic sport on TV, but online it was very different. Another analysis of Internet buzz from February 9th to 18th shows that hockey was the most discussed Olympic sport online.

Rank Sport Buzz %
1 Hockey 31
2 Luge 18
3 Figure Skating 10
4 Curling 9
5 Speed Skating 8
6 Snowboarding 5

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