Maria Petrova (rhythmic gymnast)

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Maria Petrova
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Country represented  Bulgaria
Born (1975-11-13) November 13, 1975 (age 38)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics

Maria Petrova (Bulgarian: Мария Петрова) (born November 13, 1975 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast. She is a three-time (1993, 1994, 1995) World All-around champion and a three-time (1992, 1993, 1994) European All-around champion.

Career[edit]

Petrova began her training at the age of five at Trakia Plovdiv Club in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, coached by Natalia Moravenova. By 1991, she was coached by Neshka Robeva at the Levski Sofia Club. In her first World Championship appearance, Petrova placed second in the team competition after a hoop drop.

Petrova found herself in fifth at the Barcelona Olympics after a penalty of .20 was imposed due to the zipper on the back of her leotard that had broken during her hoop exercise. A few months later, at the World Championships, Petrova took second place behind Oxana Kostina and ahead of Larissa Lukyanenko.

In 1993, Petrova performed with her Panovaesque ball to an Indian melody. She also competed in a ribbon exercise, and a small-toss filled clubs routine to Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner". Her final performance to Carmina Burana caused a great crowd ovation. She went on to win the all-around World title, as well as three more gold medals (ball, hoop, ribbon) and a bronze medal (clubs).

She went on to win one more European title and two more world titles (shared in 1995 with Yekaterina Serebrianskaya), tying her with countrywoman Maria Gigova for the most wins in the latter category. Although she had tried to retire several times after her first World title, Petrova continued competing as a favor to the Bulgarian national team, which was in a rebuilding phase after the Eastern European Communist collapse.

Petrova shares the world record for most individual world all-around rhythmic gymnastics titles with Maria Gigova and Evgenia Kanaeva. Petrova's three titles were earned in 1993, 1994, and 1995 (shared).

She is currently a judge in rhythmic gymnastics.

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Petrova married Bulgarian footballer Borislav Mikhailov.

Vital statistics[edit]

  • Height: 1.73 m (5' 8")
  • Weight: 108 lb (49 kg)

Achievements[edit]

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [2]
1996 Ball She is Dead music from Leon (The Professional) by Eric Serra
Rope ?
Clubs Habanera, Scene music from The Carmen Ballet by Rodion Shchedrin / Bizet
Ribbon La Zarzamora by Paco de Lucia
1995 Ball Dreaming Strings by Gheorge Zamfir
Rope ?
Clubs Wedding Celebration / The Bottle Dance music from Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock
Ribbon La Zarzamora by Paco de Lucia
1994 Ball Dreaming Strings by Gheorge Zamfir
Hoop Carmina Burana music from Synthétiseur 6 by Synthesizer
Clubs Wedding Celebration / The Bottle Dance music from Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock
Ribbon The Lark by Balogh Kalman
1993 Ball Toni / Making Music by Zakir Hussain
Hoop Carmina Burana music from Synthétiseur 6 by Synthesizer
Clubs Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega/DNA
Ribbon The Lark by Balogh Kalman
1992 Ball Toni / Making Music by Zakir Hussain
Hoop Duet Improvisation (Part 1) and Duet Improvisation (Part 2) by Chick Corea Trio Music
Clubs Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega/DNA
Rope Amazonas by Strunz & Farah
1991 Ball The First Garden from The Secret Life of Plants by Stevie Wonder
Hoop he Feeling Begins music from The Last Temptation of Christ by Peter Gabriel
Clubs Camptown Races
Rope ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knapp, Gwen (April 21, 1997). "Timing is of the essence for gymnast". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Petrova RG music list". rgforum. 

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