Mila Marinova is considered one of the best World Champion rhythmic gymnast to come out of Bulgaria. Not an easy task, considering that she accomplished this during Bulgaria's dominance of Rhythmic Gymnastics over the world. She also became a multiple World and European Championship medalist, top-notch coach, entrepreneur, and posseses one of the most notable comeback stories in the history of rhythmic gymnastics.
Mila Marinova showed star potential early, at just 14 years old, the lively Bulgarian took 1st place in the junior division of the 1988 Intervision Cup. She followed up with a silver medal in the all-around of the 1989 Junior European Championships, and also won gold medals with rope, hoop, and ball.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Marinova was a fixture in the top international standings in 1990's. She became the Bulgarian National Champion, won the Julieta Shishmanova Cup, medaled at the European Gymnastics Masters, and placed 2nd at the Goodwill Games. She also began amassing a collection of apparatus medals, including two golds and five silvers. At the 1991 Brother Cup she finished 4th in the all-around, then moved up to third at the European Cup -- where she won golds for hoop and ball and a silver for rope -- as well as at the European Gymnastics Masters.
The 1991 World Championships tested Marinova's skills where she performed superbly, battling with Oksana Skaldina and Alexandra Timochenko. Marinova soon after retired and headed for the United States.
As a coach at International Rhythmic Gymnastics in Florida, Marinova helped train several gymnasts onto the USA National Team. She then opened her own club called World Rhythmics Gymnastics.
In 1999 Marinova made a competitive comeback -- after 8 years of retirement. She competed at the San Francisco Invitational, at the USA National Championships, taking top honors. Her signature flexibility, difficulty, and fiery aggressive style were still part of her gymnastics and Mila had added a smooth, mature quality to her competitive performance. Many fans thought she couldn't possibly top her classic, innovative 1990 hoop routine, Blues for Klook, but her dramatic 1999 ribbon and her blues-tinged, passionate 1999 ball certainly challenge that theory.
Since coming to the USA in 1993, Marinova, has lent a hand training several USA National Team members, as well as the young gymnast who train at her club. Marinova now spends most of her time training, choreographing and coaching her gymnasts.