Quitting sports and entering the adult film industry: the story of sportswomen Henrietta Hargitai and Verona van de Leur

Alisa Barladyan
21 May 2022
14:52

Life is definitely not over after finishing a career in sports. Some start working as coaches, some open a business, and others start doing something unconventional. 

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Henrietta Hargitai

Henrietta Hargitai, a female triathlete, started doing porn for money

Henrietta Hargitai was a triathlete. She didn't have any outstanding achievements, except for a silver medal at the Hungarian Championship. Henrietta's sporting career continued until May 2016, when she finally decided to quit triathlon.

Henrietta Hargitai
Henrietta Hargitai

Two years before the end of her career, the Hungarian began to think about a career change. The triathlon brought the girl a pretty small income, so she decided to star in porn. Henrietta made her debut back in 2014 with the famous adult film director Pierre Woodman. The novice porn actress took the pseudonym, Christen Courtney.

Henrietta Hargitai
Henrietta Hargitai
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She was nominated for the XBIZ Awards

Henrietta Hargitai starred in more than 300 productions throughout her career. In 2016, the girl was nominated for the XBIZ Awards - the Golden Globe of the porn industry. However, unfortunately, the Hungarian didn't win. First place went to Australian porn actress Angela White.

Henrietta Hargitai
Henrietta Hargitai

Henrietta last starred in an adult film in 2019. Judging by her social media, she is preparing to become a mother. The girl posts photos from her workouts in the gym and the pool. Exercise is a great way to prepare for the birth of a baby. Apparently, the Hungarian will now play a new role, unlike the one in the video below.

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Gymnast Verona van de Leur quit the sport because of a conflict with the federation

The Dutch gymnast Verona van de Leur, unlike Henrietta Hargitai, was a very successful sportswoman. She has three silver medals from the 2002 World Championship and two bronze medals from the 2002 European Championship.

Verona ended her career not because of a lack of money but because she had a conflict with the federation.

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur

According to the girl, both the management and her parents forced her to do gymnastics. Everybody wanted Verona's medals and money, but nobody thought about her interests. So, in June 2008, the Dutchwoman ended her career.

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur

Troubles with the law and a new profession

In 2011, due to problems with her parents, Verona was kicked out of her home and ended up on the street: she slept in her car in the parking lot, ate free food in supermarkets, and got warm in stairwells. After a month of this life, the ex-gymnast ended up in jail on charges of blackmail.

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur

This is the story. Van de Leur took a photograph of a couple in a park with a secret affair. After that, she blackmailed the lovers and asked for 3 thousand Euros for the photos. The couple turned to the police. Verona was found guilty and jailed for 72 days.

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur
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Porn helped her resolve her problems

After her release from prison, the gymnast didn't know how to live on. Everything was resolved by chance. One day a popular site for intimate chat rooms offered Verona to become a webcam model. Users paid 70 cents a minute to chat with a girl who undressed right in front of them.

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur

Verona realized that her new hobby was bringing in a decent income as time went by. After talking to users on the site, independent filming followed - full-on porn in different genres. Later, Verona launched a website for adults, where she sells intimate videos and photos and merchandise (lingerie, high-heeled shoes, and even gymnastic suits).

Verona van de Leur
Verona van de Leur

Verona van de Leur has repeatedly drawn parallels between gymnastics and the porn industry. According to the Dutchwoman, the main similarity is nudity in front of people.
"Being a gymnast is also exhibitionism. Besides, you face sexual harassment and sexist behavior every day because you are a young girl who spreads her legs wide in public," confessed Verona van de Leur.

Verona van de Leur
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