Verona van de Leur

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Verona van de Leur
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Full name Verona van de Leur
Country represented  Netherlands
Born (1985-12-27) December 27, 1985 (age 28)
Gouda, The Netherlands
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International
Former coach(es) Boris Orlov
Retired 2008

Verona van de Leur (born December 27, 1985) is one of the most decorated Dutch gymnasts in modern times.[citation needed] After her retirement from gymnastics, she turned into an adult performer.

Biography[edit]

Van de Leur, born in Gouda, South Holland, the Netherlands, began with gymnastic at 5 years of age at gym T.O.O.S. Waddinxveen. At the age of nine, she started to train at Pro Patria in Zoetermeer.

Her first national appearance was at the Dutch National Championship in 2000. She was the junior Dutch all-around champion and won three event finals. One year later, in 2001, she was the Dutch all-around women's champion. With the Dutch team she surprising took the fifth place in the World Championship in Ghent. This performance made them the Dutch sports team of the year 2001.

In 2002 Van de Leur won five medals at the European Championship in Patras, Greece. The Dutch team won the silver medal an Van de Leur won the silver medal in all-around competition in the 2002 European Championship behind Svetlana Khorkina.[1] She also won a silver medal on beam and a bronze medal on floor exercise. Many thought[who?] Verona should have won gold on the floor exercise finals, but by a mistake of the jury took her 1/10 point that they eventually had to settle for a 3rd place. At the world championships in Debrecen, Hungary, she won silver on the floor exercise during the World Cup Finals that same year she won gold on this unit. She was elected Dutch Sportswoman of the Year and once again they were sports team of the year.[2]

Van de Leur and Renske Endel were drawn as a reserve for the World Cup of 2003 in Anaheim and the Dutch team was not placed among the top twelve. Therefore the gymnast didn't qualify for the Olympics in Athens. Then it came to a rift between her coach Frank and Van de Leur, leading her to move to The Hazenkamp in Nijmegen, the club of trainer Boris Orlov. In 2007, Van de Leur won the Dutch all-around champions for the fourth time. At the National Championships in Nijmegen she also won gold on beam and floor exercise and bronze on bars.

On June 19, 2008, Van de Leur publicly announced her retirement from gymnastics. Conflicts with the gymnastics federation and a lack of motivation also caused by a problematic situation at home, have reportedly played an important role in its decision.[citation needed]

In early May 2011, Van de Leur was convicted of blackmailing an adulterous couple she had been following.[3] In late October of that year, she decided to work as a webcam girl and started her own adult website.[4]

Competitive history[edit]

Competition Total Apparatus
All around Team Vault Bars Beam Floor
Zoetermeer Toekomst Tournament 1995 6
Dutch national championship 1995 3
Dutch national championship 1996 8 5 5
Ecoair (international tournament, NL) 1997 4 1
Dutch national championship 1997 3 4 2 4 2
France – Netherlands 1998 8 1
Dutch national championship 1998 5 4 5 6
Berolina Cup 1998 7 2
Leverkusen Cup 1998 2
Ecoair (international tournament, NL) 1998 1
Clubteam Nationals 1998 1
Budapest Cup 1998 1 1
Sidijk Tournament 1999 2
Lugano Cup 1999 1 1
Como Cup 1999 2 1
Dutch national championship 1999 2 1 1 2 3
European Youth Olympic Days 1999 3 3 5 3
Berolina Cup 1999 3 1
Clubteams Nationals 1999 1
HGT (international tournament, NL) 1999 3
Honeywell Cup 1999 1 1 6 1 1 1
Youth Europeans 2000 11 3 3 4
Dutch National Championship 2000 1 1 1 1 3
Beronila Cup 2000 4 1
HGT (international tournament, NL) 2000 1 1 1 2
Clubteams Nationals 2000 1
Massilia Cup 2000 6 1 5
Parijs Bercy 2001 6 1 4
Cottbus 2001 4 6
Cottbus Winners Final 2001 1
Ploiesti 2001 6 2 1 3
Dutch National Championship semi final 2001 1 1 1 1 2
Dutch National Championship 2001 1 3 1 1 1
World Championship 2001 9 5 6 8
Massilia Cup 2001 5 3 4 1 3
HGT (international tournament,NL) 2001 1 2 1 1 1
Clubteam Nationals 2001 1
Glasgow 2001 2 2 2 1
USA Visa Cup 2002 3 3 6 2 2
Cottbus 2002 3
Cottbus - Winners Final 2002 2
European Championship 2002 2 2 2 3 3
Dutch National Championship semi final 2002 1 1 2 3 1
Li Ning Cup 2002 2 1 3 2
Dutch National Championship 2002 1 1 2 1 1
HGT (international tournament, NL) 2002 1 1 1
Massilia Cup 2002 4 3 1 2
World Championship 2002 7 2
DTB World Cup Final 2002 3 3 7 1
World Championship 2003
World Championship final 2004 7
Dutch National Championship 2005 3
European Championship 2007 9
Dutch National Championship 2007 1 3 1 1
European Championship 2008 8 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Khorkina beats Dutch challenge for European hat-trick". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ Verona van de Leur
  3. ^ "Van de Leur Pleads Guilty to Extortion'". 19 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Verona van de Leur: 'Mannen zijn gebruiksvoorwerp'". De Telegraaf. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Inge de Bruijn
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel