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Emilia Eberle
Eberle
Eberle at the 1980 Olympic Games

Full name

Gertrude Emilia Eberle

Country represented

Flag of Romania Romania

Born

March 4 1964 (1964-03-04) (age 53)
Arad, Arad County, Crişana, Romania

Years on National Team

1979-1980

Coach(es)

Bela & Marta Karolyi

Current status

Retired

Gertrude Emilia Eberle (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmili.a ˈeberle]; born 4 March 1964 in Arad, Romania), was a Romanian gymnast of German descent who was of European, World, and Olympic calibre.

Eberle, a pupil of the famous husband-wife coaching team Béla Károlyi and Márta Károlyi before they defected from Romania to the United States, was the first female Romanian gymnastics star to succeed Nadia Comăneci, although she was often in Comaneci's shadow as for the greater part of Eberle's career, they competed together. Despite this, she made a name for herself, garnering 13 individual medals at the European/World/Olympic level. Most notable among her accomplishments was her winning the Floor Exercise title at the 1979 Worlds ahead of her legendary contemporaries Nelli Kim and Maxi Gnauck as well as earning a silver medal on uneven bars at the 1980 Olympics, being narrowly edged out of gold medal place by Gnauck.

She was also on the gold medal winning team at the 1979 World Championships held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Despite her fall on the balance beam in the team optionals segment of the competition, other scores of hers were strong enough to keep the Romanian team in contention for the gold with the Soviet team. Ultimately, her compatriot Comaneci came back from an injury, having competed only in the compulsories segment of the team competition and having abstained from competing on any of the other apparatuses during the optionals segment of the competition, and competed on beam getting a very high score of 9.95, allowing the Romanians to scratch Eberle's lower score and win the gold medal. In any event, Eberle did help her team to a rare victory over the Soviet team, which was one of the Soviet team's only three world or Olympic title losses from 1952, when a full women's gymnastics program was first held at the Olympic games, to 1992, which was the last appearance of the unified Soviet team (under the guise of the Commonwealth of Independent States).

Although a strong gymnast all-around (being silver medalist in the all-around twice in 1979 - at that year's World Cup and European Championships), she was especially noted for her work on the uneven bars where her routine could vary greatly from year-to-year with a very different set of skills from competition to competition, including her often very quick and unusual transitions from one bar to the other.

Like the Karolyis, Comaneci, and others, Eberle have left Romania in 1989 and moved to Hungary, and then to the USA two years later, in 1991. She is married and had a son, Roland borned in 1999, and trains in California with her fellow expatriate Romanian, gymnastics coach and choreographer Géza Poszar.

In November 2008, Eberle—who now goes by the name Trudi Kollar, incorporating her first name and her married last name—gave an interview to KCRA-TV claiming that while she was a Romanian national team gymnast, coaches Bela and Márta Károlyi regularly beat her and her teammates for mistakes they made in practice or competition. "In one word, I can say it was brutal," she told KCRA.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1977Chunichi Cup13
1979Romanian International2nd
Copenhagen European Championships2nd2nd2nd
Tokyo World Cup Final2nd1st1st3rd
Fort Worth World Championships1st3rd1st
1980Romanian International3rd2nd1st
International Mixed Pairs2nd
Moscow Olympic Games2nd2nd
1981Romanian International2nd


World Floor Exercise Champions
Matylda Pálfyová • Helena RakoczyTamara ManinaEva BosákováLarisa LatyninaNatalia KuchinskayaLudmilla TourischevaNellie Kim | Elena MukhinaEmilia EberleNatalia IlienkoEcaterina SzaboOksana OmelianchikDaniela Silivaş | Elena ShushunovaDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaCristina BontaşKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDina KochetkovaGina GogeanGina Gogean | Kui YuanyuanGina GogeanAndreea RăducanElena GómezDaiane Dos SantosAlicia SacramoneCheng FeiShawn JohnsonBeth TweddleLauren MitchellKsenia AfanasyevaSimone Biles


Romanian National Champions
Elena Ceampelea • Anca Grigoraș • Nadia Comăneci • Cristina Itu • Emilia EberleLavinia AgacheEcaterina SzaboDaniela Silivaş | Ecaterina SzaboDaniela SilivaşCristina BontaşLavinia MiloşoviciSimona AmânarMaria OlaruSimona Amânar | Andreea RăducanSabina Cojocar | Silvia StroescuAura Andreea MunteanuCătălina PonorSandra IzbaşaSteliana NistorAna PorgrasLarisa Iordache

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