Many Olympians shot to stardom this summer, but who is the most sought-after star? Check out the Top 10 Olympians according to Bing searches.
In 2012, Ryan Lochte finally took a step from behind the mammoth shadow of Michael Phelps. Lochte didn’t exactly dominate in the pool, but if press coverage and buzz counts for anything, Lochte hit it out of the park in the London Games. Lochte made a guest appearance on the hit show 30 Rock and is on the verge of launching his own fashion line. Jeah!
Usain Bolt's amazing athletic ability lands him among the most searched Olympic athletes this year. Bolt secured his second consecutive three-gold-medal Olympics by repeating as champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters and leading the stellar Jamaican team to a world record in the 4x100 relay. Will we see a run at a triple triple in 2016? Said Bolt, who turns 26 later this month: "The possibility is there, but it's going to be very hard. . . . I've done all I want to do. I've got no more goals."
London was a coming-out party for gymnast Gabby Douglas, who helped the US women win the team all-around gold and then became the first African-American to win gold in the individual all-around competition.
Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball (with partner Kerri Walsh) is married to MLB catcher Matt Treanor. She announced her retirement from competition after the 2012 Olympics so that she and Matt can concentrate on starting a family.
Tweet something! She may have been surpassed by Alex Morgan as the most talked about US women's soccer player, but controversial and talented goalkeeper Hope Solo still played a huge role in the United States’ win over Japan, securing them the gold medal.
McKayla Maroney made the ultimate stink-face at the Summer Olympics this summer. After receiving her silver medal at the games, Maroney’s face was photographed and spawned the “McKayla is not impressed” meme – which has taken the pop-culture world by storm.
Michael Phelps is one of the most captivating athletes we've seen in American sports. We should all embrace his Olympic era because we truly have been witnessing something we might never see again. Now that the dust has settled from London, Phelps can enjoy his 22 Olympic medals.
LeBron James won everything imaginable last season – MVP, Finals MVP and Olympic gold medal – and he's been every bit as valuable for the Miami Heat so far this season.
Lolo Jones captured the public’s attention leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Jones, a self-professed virgin, garnered public attention after publicizing that claim in a magazine article. The track star’s media-darling status came under fire when articles of a more negative nature, and comments about her using the Olympics to build her brand, became more prevalent in the days before she took to the track. And then, when it mattered the most, she failed to come through, finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles by one-tenth of a second.
Serena Williams owned the courts at the All England Club during the Olympic tennis competition. Not only did she win gold in singles — demolishing Maria Sharapova in the final — Serena teamed with sister Venus to claim another gold in doubles. A thrilling effort coming on the heels of winning her fifth Wimbledon title. See Bing's most popular sports stars of 2012 ...