Also other athletes did well. Snowboardster Bibian Mentel and footballer Nathan Rutjes finished in second and third place. “Apparently we have in the Netherlands a lot of appreciation, especially for athletes who show how they with setbacks dealing,” says Verhees. “And then you ultimately fail to win again. It is shown resilience and perseverance, combined with a positive personality, a cheerful and optimistic attitude towards life, that make for a high rating.”
Other names in the top ten of positive personalities are, among others, Marco Borsato, Erica Terpstra and Johnny de Mol.