Maianine "Maia" Choi was born on October 24, 2003 in Honolulu, HI to Jae and Sonia Choi. Maia is the youngest of four children and she has three sisters, Desmond, Allyessa and Celeste. Currently, Maia is an honor student at iUniversity Prep Virtual Academy in accelerated math and science courses. She is an Owl Pal leader for the last three years.
Maia began gymnastics at the age of three in Honolulu, Hi at Hawaiian Island Twisters. Her older sister was a competitive gymnast and she spent three hours daily waiting impatiently until her sister was finished with practice. Maia would sneak in all recreational classes every day and even when she was escorted out of them she would always make her way back in and pretend to be one of the girls. The coaches saw her hyperactivity, willingness and crazy desire to do gymnastics and convinced her parents that she was ready even at the age of three to participate with older group. It was then that gymnastics has helped Maia avoid boredom and find a place to exhaust all of her energy.
Maia's family relocated to Texas, so Maia started training at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, TX under coaches Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landii. Maia was the 2011 Level 5 State Floor Silver Medalist and 2012 Level 6 State Bars Bronze Medalist. She was also named to America's Top 100 in level 4 (9.800 on balance beam) and level 6 (9.725 on uneven bars).
In 2014 as a level 7 gymnast, Maia placed sixth in the all-around with a 37.775, second on uneven bars and third on vault, balance beam and floor exercise at the Region 3 Championships. Maia won the uneven bars title with a 9.900 (America's Top 100) at the 2016 Level 8 State Championships. She qualified to the Region 3 Championships where she earned a bronze medal on balance beam.
As a level 9 gymnast in 2017, Maia won the uneven bars title with a 9.700 (America's Top 100) at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around, first on uneven bars with a 9.600 and third on balance beam scoring a 9.450. She qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals where she placed in the top ten in the all-around, fifth on uneven bars and seventh on floor exercise. Following her 2017 season, Maia's long-time coaches left the gym, so Maia moved to Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX.
Maia was unable to compete most of the 2018 season due to an injury. She, however, did place fourth on balance beam with a 9.350 at the Level 10 State Championships. Maia trains 29 hours per week at Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX under coaches Kambri Hoffman, Anna Pawlak and Justin Lea.