The most popular Olympic Sports in Swansea revealed
New data has revealed which Olympic sports are the most popular across the UK, with Swansea being big lovers of Trampolining, mountain biking and skateboarding.
Better, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise, with facilities offering 95% of all the Olympic sports, analysed search popularity for every sport in the upcoming Olympics to discover which ones have the country most excited.
The ranking looks outside of the classic ‘big four’ sports of football, boxing, golf, and rugby, seeking instead to explore the less mainstream sports associated with the huge international sporting tournament being held in Japan this year.
The top 10 ranking for Swansea
|Olympic Sport||Avg. monthly searches|
The UK’s favourite Olympic events are trampolining, mountain biking and skateboarding, based on the search demand in the months leading up to the summer Games.
In 2021 so far, there has been a total average monthly search volume of 3.19 million for the 46 sports on show, and in June, the Wikipedia pages of all the sports were viewed a total of 1.35 million times, highlighting the vast number of people seeking to learn more about how these Olympic Games will be played.
In the year so far, there have been an average of 201,000 searches per month for trampolining and 165,000 searches for both mountain biking and skateboarding, followed by 110,000 for fencing. Meanwhile, based on the monthly average page views for the Wikipedia pages on each sport, one of the new Olympic sports, Karate, comes out on top with 177,202 views.
|Google Rank||Sport||Search Volume 2021||Wiki Rank||Sports||Monthly Average Wikipedia|
|2||Mountain bike||165,000||2||Canoe/Kayak Slalom||132,266|
This year, Team GB will be represented by its largest-ever delegation for an Olympic Games on foreign soil, with 376 athletes competing, and will also be taking more women than men for the first time.
Better investigated the popularity of all 376 Team GB athletes and found former Gold Medallist in tennis, Andy Murray, came out on top followed by double gold medallist rower, Helen Glover and World Champion sprinter, Dina Asher-Smith.
Ranking Athlete Sport Avg. monthly searches 1 Andy Murray Tennis 201,000 2 Helen Glover Rowing 40,500 3 Dina Asher-Smith Athletics 27,100 4 Tommy Fleetwood Golf 27,100 5 Heather Watson Tennis 22,200 6 Stephanie Davis Athletics 22,200 7 Adam Peaty Swimming 18,100 8 Paul Casey Golf 18,100 9 Steph Houghton Football 18,100 10 Fran Kirby Football 14,800
Aspiring Olympian, Ben Cumberland, aged 18, is a Triathlete based in Vale of White Horse and said: “Back in the 2012 London Olympics I was lucky enough to get tickets to an event and experience the Games. I was inspired to take up my sport thanks to a teacher at school whose son was part of the local Triathlon club and suggested I get involved.”
For young people watching the Games and thinking of getting involved in a new sport, he said: “Don’t be afraid to try something new!”
Find the full ranking and more details here.
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