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Due to her small stature combined with impressive athletic ability, Maya Hristova was described as a gymnast full of dynamite by television commentators during her career. One day after being disruptive in kindergarten class, Maya was forced to stand outside in the classroom hallway as punishment. By her own admission the punishment was warranted and Maya called herself a “naughty little child.” While standing there, a coach who had come to the school to select children for gymnastics noticed Maya. From that moment forward, Maya would be a gymnast.
During the early 1990s “Maya Hristova” was a name most hardcore gymnastics fans were familiar with. Even though she never won a medal, Maya still possessed strong AA potential having typically performed inside the top-10 in major-international competition. Maya was particularly well positioned for the 1992 Olympics and was expected to finish inside the top-10 of the Olympic All-Around, only to be rendered ineligible for Olympic competition due to extenuating circumstances. Even though she was eligible to return to high-level competition following Barcelona, the ordeal had taken its toll on Maya. She lost her passion for the sport and never reappeared in major competition.
International Junior Championships: 6th-AA, 3rd-BB
Jr. BUL-HUN Dual Meet: 3rd-AA, 1st-UB, 3rd-BB
Blume Memorial: 2nd-AA
Centenary Cup: 1st-AA
European Championships: 19th-AA, 5th-UB
Golden Sands: 2nd-AA
World Cup: 13th-AA, 8th-VT, 8th-UB, 4th-BB
Catania Cup: 2nd-AA
European Cup: 8th-AA, 3rd-BB
Hungarian International: 6th-AA
World Championships: 5th-Team, 11th-AA
American Cup: 5th-AA
International Mixed Pairs: 6th-Team
Cottbus International: 4th-AA, 2nd-VT, 1st-UB, 2nd-FX
DTB Cup: 11th-AA
Swiss Cup: 12th-Team
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.