Last December we told you that 2011 was a big year for women’s sports, and it was. We weren’t lying. But this year—and I say this without an ounce of hyperbole—was even bigger. In addition to another exciting season in women’s tennis, we had a couple of huge viral video superstars pop up, as well as an event that never fails to turn unknowns into heroes: the Summer Olympics.
The result of all this is a little bit of a shakeup in our annual list of the most Googled female athletes in the world. Sure, there are still a lot of familiar faces. But there are also a few new ones and, most importantly, an entirely new athlete at #1.
So who is the #1 most Googled female athlete of 2012? Well, take a moment to jot down a few guesses and let some suspense build, then start clicking them arrows.
(FYI, the Google search results listed with each athlete were yielded by searching the person’s name in quotation marks and limiting the results to the past 12 months. Also, this list excludes retired athletes. So sorry, but there no Anna Kournikova.)