Under Leerdam’s Instagram post, it’s raining “flames,” symbols denoting something or someone. ‘on fire’ he is. Sven Kramer, who stopped at Jumbo Visma, and new colleagues Thomas Kroll and Antoinette de Jong, among others, salute Leerdam in this way.
Striking: Where the Westland woman’s personal Instagram message, always recognizable by her black eyeliner, had already been liked nearly 55,000 times around 11:00, the ad on Jumbo-Visma’s account remained stuck that far two hours later. News announcement 2500 hearts.
Jota Leerdam with boyfriend Quinn Verwig, who is also a snowboarder.
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Leerdam is very active and popular on the Internet. With a total of 3.4 million fans, she is one of the most followed Dutch athletes on Instagram. Rico Verhoeven (1.9 million), Lake Martins (1.3), Alistair Overeem (1.1), Susan Scholting (956000), Matthew van der Poel (885,000) and Daphne Schippers (407000) follow a suitable distance. Baseball player Didi Gregory, known in America, “only” has 345 thousand followers.
Ski greats Kramer (211k) and Erin West (136k), who retired earlier this year after the Beijing Olympics, have more track records than Leerdam, but were surpassed on Instagram by their successor as the Dutch figure skating chief.
Leerdam knows that hard skating is key and still is. “If I have to, I’ll be there. Then I can always go back to the killer mentality I have. I’m just well aware that I have to perform as a top athlete. If I don’t, I’ll perform as a top athlete. In an exclusive interview with De Telegraaf, where she announced her change, she said: The full circle around it won’t work either.”
In any case, there are very few Dutch people who can tie Leerdam’s Instagram ties. For example, Yolanthe Cabau (with 1.3 million followers) is still far from the total skater.
Max Verstappen and Memphis Debye are two of the most popular Dutch athletes on the internet.
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Memphis and Max
Several footballers (Memphis Depay – 14.4, Virgil van Dijk – 11.7 and Frenkie de Jong – 10.1), Ajax FC account (7.1) and Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen (8.3) are still a bridge too far for Leerdam, though he is Also a reasoned difference due to the global status of both sports.
People like Nikkie de Jager (15.7), Martin Garrix (15.6) and Doutzen Kroes (7.3) are still out of Leerdam’s reach (for now). Although of course they are working internationally for a longer period.
In a sense, the Ice Queen is still in the prime of her career. With a total of five world titles (two singles) and an Olympic silver in the 1,000m, the 23-year-old skater made a promising start. With the Jumbo-Visma top line-up, Leerdam wants to fill his cupboard even more in the coming years.
“I hope to win many singles world titles and I also want to set a world record. If I continue this streak, I think it will come at some point.” It will only increase her following on Instagram.
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