This edition of Juniors to watch is featuring Russian European Olympic Youth Festival All-Around gold medalist, Maria Kharenkova.
Date of Birth: October 29, 1998
Hometown: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Coach: Rusian Larov
Maria Kharenkova is rising the ranks of the Russian team. She gained international attention in 2012 with her performances at the Pacific Rim Championships and the junior European Championships in Brussels, Belgium.
At the Pac Rims, Maria took home a bronze medal on the floor exercise but took fourth in the all-around due to a fall on the uneven bars. A couple of months later, in Brussels, Maria proved herself a force to be reckoned with. She led the Russian juniors to a gold medal in the team competition and she took home two more gold medals on the floor and beam
In 2013, Maria and two teammates represented Russia at the European Olympic Youth Festival. The team took gold in the team final and Maria, individually won gold in the all-around and on floor exercise.
Gymnastically, Maria is strong on balance beam and floor exercise.
Maria trains with teammates, Anastasia Siderova and Yulia