Who Were the Most Googled Athletes of 2018?
As 2018 winds down, Google has unveiled its list of the most-searched athletes of the year. Lots of sports stars made headlines in 2018, but can you guess which made the top 10 and who was the most Googled of the entire year?
While there are a few obvious names some of the results may surprise you. From a handful of Winter Olympians to an NBA star more famous for dating a celebrity, here’s the list of the most Googled athletes of 2018.
The most Googled athlete of 2018 made the list not for his play on the court but his antics off it. Cleveland Cavaliers player and the father of Khloe Kardashian’s baby, Tristan Thompson, took the No. 1 spot.
Thompson made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2018. On April 10, the Daily Mail and TMZ released videos of a man who appeared to be Thompson at a club kissing and touching multiple women. Another video showing the basketball player entering and leaving a hotel with an Instagram model also made the rounds. The timing of the videos being released couldn’t have been worse as Kardashian gave birth to their child just two days later. Today, the reality star and basketball player seemed to have moved past their issues as they remain in a relationship and are raising their daughter together.
Coming in after Thompson as the No. 2 most-searched athlete is snowboarder Shaun White. The Olympian had a year of highs and lows. In February, as he was celebrating making history with winning his third gold medal in the men’s half-pipe in Pyeongchang, sexual misconduct allegations and a lawsuit filed against him in 2016 surfaced. The allegations were brought forth by Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer of White’s rock band Bad Things. The two ended up settling the dispute out of court but after his win, he was asked if he thought the news would tarnish his image. The Olympian responded by calling it all “gossip.” He later apologized for his choice of words.
Another Olympian, Lindsey Vonn, took the No. 3 spot followed by NFL running back Le’Veon Bell, NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard, and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. The seventh-most Googled athlete of 2018 was quarterback Nick Foles who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 victory of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII while female snow-boarding sensation and newcomer Chloe Kim was No. 8.
Tennis player Naomi Osaka landed in the ninth spot. She made headlines in 2018 not only for defeating all-time great Serena Williams in the U.S. Open but for the way she handled herself during and after the match that was riddled with controversy between Williams and the umpire. And finally, the 10th most-searched person in the athlete category this year is Olympic figure skating commentator Johnny Weir.
In addition to athletes, Google also released its list of most-searched celebrities, actors, and the movies category. Some of the year’s other most Googled names include Meghan Markle, Bill Cosby, Bradley Cooper, and Roseanne Barr while the films included Deadpool 2, Black Panther, and A Star is Born.
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