Happy Birthday to My Greatest Gymnast Inspiration!

Today, on Maria Petrova's birthday, I remember with joy and nostalgia the days when I brought her flowers at competitions, took many pictures of her on my first camera, and lined up to receive her autograph. From the first moment I watched her, I knew she would achieve greatness in this sport.

On this magical day, I would like to remember one of her oldest routines.This routine is from 1991. Only two years before she presented her famous Carmina Burana hoop. The 1991 routine is not as dramatic and polished but it is full of potential. Also, this is one of VERY few times I have seen Maria with a pony tail. :-)

To all fans of Maria, I say: cheers! Believe in your inspiring stars.