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The Olympic effect on most popular judoka on instagram

19 Aug 2016 10:10

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The Olympic Games always have a huge effect on the social media of the athletes. Most accounts are increasing but some are really exploding where there’s obviously a connection between the results. Paula Pareto had a more than average account with 16,000 followers, but exploded after her Olympic title to 109,000 followers. Teddy Riner was the biggest active judoka on twitter with over 120,000 followers but now gained another 25,000. Almost 80 percent of all Olympic medallist have an instagram account.

The biggest jump was made by Rafaela Silva. The pride of the Brazilian nation had about 10,000 followers but increased to the most popular judoka around the globe with 222,000 today. All Brazilian accounts grew, the Kazakhstan judoka accounts have always been popular, so Yeldos Smetov grew to over 80k. Ilias Iliadis didn’t grow too much, he was in the top five all the time…of course. The Brazilians followed the footsteps of Olympic Champion Sarah Menezes who would rock the Brazilian to the first medal, and didn't want to give up in an armlock and ended up in hospital. Storytelling on Instagram.

Who followed Fabio Basile before the Games? @judoinsidecom of course and about 1,000 people. But the revelation of the Olympic Games spiced up judo and spiced up his own account with almost 42,000 followers, you can now reach the 21-year new kid on the block via his manager, and we can imagine the crazy effect of the Olympics. Telma Monteiro finally realized her dream of that precious Olympic medal and the Portuguese nation followed the steps of the tiny medal chaser. She is in the top 10 of most popular judoka accounts, as far as we know.

In between this list also other judoka accounts are popular such as the IJF, newsy accounts and most over the video accounts such as q8judo, 1judo and judo_vines with cuts of the most amazing scores. Also interesting are the accounts of judoka who are in the media now such as the ever lasting popular Flavio Canto with 178,000 followers of the curly former Brazilian Olympic medallist.





















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  • Teddy Riner (FRA) - 2016 Olympic Games day 7 Judo O100 & O78kg (2016, BRA) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Paula Pareto (ARG) - 2016 Olympic Games day 1 Judo U60kg & U48kg (2016, BRA) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - 2016 Olympic Games day 1 Judo U60kg & U48kg (2016, BRA) - © David Finch,

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