What the Netherlands didn't expect was for former Sportswoman of the Year Verona van de Leur to sue her parents, live on the streets, spend time behind bars and sign up to a career in the porn industry. De Leur, 34, was the golden girl of gymnastics when she burst on to the scene aged 14 after winning two junior European medals. Two years later her profile rocketed as she won five European Championship medals, three World Cup final medals and a silver at the World Championships. At the age of just 16, Verona joined a long list of icons after being crowned the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year but with success comes expectation, pressure and money. Speaking to SunSport, she said: "At eight or nine, winning a medal is like a gift.
Verona van de Leur: The star gymnast who reinvented herself as a porn actress
Verona van de Leur - Wikipedia
When Verona van de Leur thinks back to the days at the turn of the century when she was one of the best gymnasts in the world, every syllable in her voice is laced with pride. She emerged in as the leader of an unlikely Dutch gymnastics boom in a sport dominated by post-Soviet giants. At the European championships she won five medals before snatching a silver on floor at the world championships; she was named Dutch sportswoman of the year. As the Netherlands wondered what the future held for its new sporting star, nobody could have imagined it would see her homeless, then in jail, before she picked up the pieces of her life in the pornography industry. Pride was an alien sensation to Van de Leur when she was competing. In her new autobiography, Simply Verona , she claims her parents put success over her wellbeing, pressuring her to succeed for their own gain.
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Verona van de Leur born 27 December is a retired Dutch artistic gymnast and adult film performer. She was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in after winning the all-around silver medal at that year's European championships and the silver medal on floor exercise at the world championships. Van de Leur retired from gymnastics in , after which she suffered personal difficulties, including a conviction for blackmail and a prison sentence. She began performing in adult webcam shows and then in adult films. At the age of 9, she started to train at Pro Patria in Zoetermeer.