Facebook says Shaun White, figure skating top list of talked-about Olympic topics

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Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov, left, celebrates with Shaun White of the United States after Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

Snowboarder Shaun White is the most buzzed-about Olympic athlete on Facebook but figure skating is the sport that attracts the most interest by a wide margin.

The social media site said Friday that more than 24 million people have commented on the Olympics during Sochi's first week, with a total of 48 million posts, comments and "likes."

By a margin of more than two to one, figure skating is the most talked-about sport. That's true in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Russia and Brazil.

Still, Facebook said that of the five most commented-upon athletes, only one was a figure skater. That was Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines, who finished No. 20 in the men's free skate on Friday.

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