Former Dutch Gymnastics Star Opens Up About Her Porn Career (PICS)

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Verona van de Leur is a retired Dutch artistic gymnast who decided to change career paths during her life and enter the world of porn.

Verona, who was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in 2002 after winning the all-around silver medal at that year’s European championships and the silver medal on floor exercise at the world championships, recently opened up about her decision to do so after spending 2 years on the street and sleeping in her car.

The 33-year-old said she received an offer she couldn’t refuse after being evicted from her family home and forced to spend nights in a car together with her boyfriend.

“We had a few very harsh winters. A layer of snow on the roof of the car, ice on the windows,” the gymnast wrote in her autobiography Simply Verona.

“You have to survive, literally. If we had a little money, we would buy 50 cents bread and a jar of peanut butter for the entire week,” she added.

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“I was offered such a nice amount in 2011 that I could not say no,” de Leur said. “That could give me a future that I have always dreamed of. Your own shop or something with photography.

“At the end of this year, when a few contracts expire, I’ll stop the porn industry. Then I can look back on eight great years. I enjoyed it, but treated it like a job.”

After stepping away from the adult industry, de Leur Plans to set up her own business and possibly even return to gymnastics as a coach or consultant.