PETROVA Maria
Rhythmic (Bulgaria)
Last update: 05/09/2011


PETROVA Maria Bulgaria
Discipline: Rhythmic
Last update: 05/09/2011 Print
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Licence No.: 00000671
Date of birth: 13/11/1975 Age: 39
Gender: Female
Height: 173 cm/5.7 ft Weight: 52 kg/114.6 lb
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Marital status: Married
Children: 0 boys
0 girls
Occupation: President of RG Judging Comm.
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Start Discipline (year): 1982
First Int. Competition (year): 1992
National Team Since (year): 1992
Current Club: SC LEVSKI Sofia
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Head coach: Neshka Robeva
Assistant coach: Natalia Moravenyova
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Creation date: 2000-03-14
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Maria Petrova is a fine jewel of RSG, fashioned in the hard Bulgarian school of Neshka Robeva. Better than anyone else, the beautiful Maria was able to exploit all the riches of Rhythmic Gymnastics to express her gypsy temperament. She was the best in all categories and surpasses all the gymnasts of her generation. Expressive, spirited and sensuous, Queen Maria charms gymnasts and the wider public by the precision of her movements and the richness of her choregraphy.

In 1995 at the Vienna's World Championships she equalled the record of another Bulgarian star of RSG, Maria Guigova, who won 3 All around titles. Maria was a perfect gymnast, maybe the best of her generation, voluntaire and steady.

She started gymnastics when she was 7 in her home town Plovdiv at the Sports Club TRAKIA Plovdiv. Since 1990, she is coached by Neshka Robeva at Levski Sofia Sports Club.

She graduated the Secondary Educational School in 1993 and in 1994 she was admitted as University student at the National Sports Academy in Sofia.

In July 1998 she married one of the most famous Bulgarian football players, the National Goalkeeper Borislav Michailov who took part in three World Cup Final and the Bulgarian media called them "The Star Couple".V.Atkinson.

Interview 2004:

Q: When did you start Rhythmic gymnastics and why?
I started rhythmic gymnastics when I was 5 years old. This was just by accident since my father was an Artistic Gymnastics coach and we were just passing by the Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and he said “there is a RG club” and my mother just said “let’s go send her there maybe she’ll like it” so I started RG.

Q: Which was your first international competition?
I participated in 1992 Brussels World Championships and got 2nd place in All-Around.

Q: What was your favourite apparatus? Why?
Ball. I like almost every apparatus but I love a particular routine of the Ball. Well, I can say I hate the Rope because there is too much jumping involved.
Q: Have you trained any gymnasts?
I help train the gymnasts in composition and travel for the workshops. I’m helping with the National Team and gave workshops in Canada for 2 years too.

Q: Do you have any experience in other sport? Your husband does football.
Yes, my husband did football but I’m not really a big fan. I haven’t really done any other sports.

Q: Does any member of your family experience in sports?
My parents did Artistic Gymnastics. My father then became a coach and now he is a Vice-President of Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation.

Q: How do you spend your day-off? Any hobbies?
On my day-off, I like to move. I like to go other places with my family or friends and spend good time together. I don’t know if this is a hobby but I like to go to fitness club to do Aerobics. It is a good sport to keep in shape after you stop competing.

Q: What kind of a child were you? Did you have any dreams then?
I was quiet. I did everything my parents wanted for me so I can say I was a quite good child. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little. I wanted to fly to the space.

Q: What is the most memorable incident doing Rhythmic Gymnastics?
I will never forget 1994 Paris. It was a competition I felt with all my heart and this was the competition I wanted to compete and crowd to see what I can do. I competed with love, power, passion and everything. The other competitions were much more difficult because with nervous feeling. I was anxious but Paris was great. There were many crowds and I loved the people.

Q: What is the reason for you being involved with gymnastics right now?
Because this is the best thing I can do.

Q: What do you think about comparing Rhythmic Gymnastics at your time and now?
I’m happy I’m not a gymnast anymore. I find now very difficult with everything. They expect perfect in body movements, apparatus and perfect with everything and I think it is very difficult. It’s OK with COP. I heard there will be many changes but I’m sure it will be for good. I just wish that the crowd will understand this sport more and if some gymnast drop their apparatus or make mistakes, she can not be the first place.

Q: What is your plan for the future?
Yes, I want to keep being involved with Rhythmic Gymnastics and want to improve as a judge. I want to be an expert in it.(TY Aug.04)
Category Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Level
Individual All-Around 5 38.999 38.899 1996 ATLANTA Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Individual All-Around 5 57.087 5 37.825 1992 BARCELONA Games of the XXV Olympiad
Ball 2 9.950 1996 BUDAPEST 20th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 2 9.950 1996 BUDAPEST 20th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 3 9.933 1996 BUDAPEST 20th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 3 9.933 1996 BUDAPEST 20th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 1 39.800 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 2 9.925 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 4 9.900 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 1 9.950 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 8 9.400 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Team 2 77.600 1995 VIENNA 19th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 1 38.900 1994 PARIS 18th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 1 9.875 1994 PARIS 18th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 3 9.825 1994 PARIS 18th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 2 9.825 1994 PARIS 18th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 2 9.850 1994 PARIS 18th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 1 38.975 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 1 9.825 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 1 9.800 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 3 9.650 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 1 9.775 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Team 1 94.750 1993 ALICANTE 17th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 2 38.400 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 7 9.400 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 7 9.400 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 3 9.675 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 2 9.800 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 2 9.700 1992 BRUSSEL 16th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 1 1994 THESSALONIKI 10th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 2 1994 THESSALONIKI 10th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 3 1994 THESSALONIKI 10th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 4 1994 THESSALONIKI 10th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 4 1994 THESSALONIKI 10th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships