Marrit Leenstra is a 2018 Olympic Speed Skating silver medalist. She is the wife of speed skater Matteo Anesi. Read about her net worth and other facts.
Who is Marrit Leenstra?
Marrit Leenstra was born in 1989. She is a Dutch long track speed skater. She made her World cup debut in Moscow at the 2007 season. In 2008, she shot to fame after she made a junior world record in the 1500 m event at the World Cup in Salt Lake City. She even got qualified for the European Championships and was ranked 6th after all four distances. With this result she also qualified for the World Allround. At the World Allround Championships in Berlin, she was placed 12th after four distances. In February 2008, Leenstra got crowned as the World Junior Speed Skating Champion in Changchun, China. At the end of the season in March 2008 she set a new junior world record on the 1000 and 1500 meters and also the mini combination. The latter two are still current junior world records. After an average 2009 season and a disappointing 2010 season, where she failed to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics, she had a major breakthrough 2011 season. Leenstra won the Dutch Allround Championships and was placed third in the European Championships and fourth in the World Allround Championships. Also she was placed fourth in the World Single Distances at the 1000 meters and second in the World Single Distances at the team pursuit and second in the World Cup standings for the 1500 meters, including a World Cup win in Salt Lake City. She won a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She even won a bronze medal in 1500 m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Leenstra is married to Italian Olympic gold medalist Matteo Anesi.Matteo Anesi was born in 1984. He is an Italian Speed skater who had won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin. He is placed 29th in the 1500 m event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He even got two silver medals in team pursuits in 2005 and 2008 World Championships. After his career as a speed skater Anesi became one of the coaches of the Italian Speed Skating Team. He was initially an assistant at the Italian Speed Skating Team. Anesi is married to Dutch speed skater Marrit Leenstra who is also an Olympic gold medalist. Anesi was initially her trainer and later they got married in 2014.
Net worth of the skater
The net worth of the skater is currently under review.
5 facts about Marrit Leenstra
There are some intriguing facts about the speed skater Marrit Leeenstra: 1. Marrit Leenstra loves to drink coffee. She studies environmental and sustainability issues. She loves to indulge in cycling and hiking in her spare time. 2. The athlete has studied from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and can speak Dutch, English, Frisian and Italian languages. 3. She has trained under Coach Geert Kuiper at the national level and Maurizio Marchetto at the Netherlands level. 4. Her husband, Matteo Anesi has competed in speed skating for Italy. He had won gold medal in team pursuit at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. He has since worked as an assistant coach with the Italian national team. 5. While training for her skating sport, she had once suffered a broken ankle in 2011/2012. She began skating at the age of three at the natural ice track in Wijckel, Netherlands. Leenstra later joined a speed skating club at the age of ten in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Winning gold in team pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was one of the most memorable incidents of her life. She considers Coach Jan Van Veen as her greatest influence. In 2016 she relocated to Baselga di Pine, Italy, to train with the Italian national team under coach Maurizio Marchetto. Her husband Matteo Anesi was working with Marchetto as an assistant coach at the time. She thought at that time, “I am going to live here [Italy] but I will regularly be back in the Netherlands. My Italian is okay. I have a good feeling about this. I think it is necessary. It’s basically for the next two years.” When Leenstra had left the Team Corendon in 2016, she managed to find a private sponsor who helped to fund her training costs until 2018. Her sponsor company ‘enie.nl’ was a Dutch renewable energy company which which ties in with her bachelor of science degree in future planet studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “Renewable energy is a continuation of my studies. I am super glad ‘enie.nl’ want to support me for the next two years.” She said in an interview.
Marrit Leenstra is available on Instagram @marritleenstra. The skater from Italy uploads a lot of her photos on her Instagram page. Her recent bronze medal and silver medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games made her country proud of her performance. She sure has a bright future ahead.