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Emilia Eberle
Eberle at the 1980 Olympic Games

Full name

Gertrude Emilia Eberle

Country represented

Flag of Romania.png Romania


March 4 1964 (1964-03-04) (age 57)
Arad, Arad County, Crişana, Romania

Years on National Team



Bela & Marta Karolyi

Current status


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
1977 Chunichi Cup 13
1979 Romanian International 2nd
Copenhagen European Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd
Tokyo World Cup Final 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Fort Worth World Championships 1st 3rd 1st
1980 Romanian International 3rd 2nd 1st
International Mixed Pairs 2nd
Moscow Olympic Games 2nd 2nd
1981 Romanian International 2nd

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 BilesMurakami MaiSimone BilesMurakami Mai

European Junior All-Around Champions
Emilia EberleEcaterina Szabo • Elena Zabrodina | Irina BaraksanovaSvetlana Boginskaya • Svetlana Ivanova • Vanda Hădărean • Elodie Lussac • Alexandra Marinescu • Anna Kovalyova • Sabina CojocarAnna PavlovaSteliana Nistor • Daria Elizarova • Viktoria KomovaEnus MarianiAngelina MelnikovaElena EreminaGiorgia VillaAna Maria Bărbosu

European Junior Vault Champions
Emilia EberleEcaterina SzaboTatiana FrolovaAurelia Dobre • Svetlana Ivanova • Lavinia Miloşovici • Michal Shahaf • Ana Maria BicanMaria Olaru • Anna Kovalyova • Sabina CojocarAnna PavlovaSvetlana Klyukina • Karina Myasnikova • Viktoria KomovaChantysha NettebEllie DownieMartina MaggioAsia D'AmatoAna Maria Bărbosu

European Junior Uneven Bars Champions
Emilia Eberle • Natalia Ponomarenko • Bettina Schieferdecker • Irina BaraksanovaAurelia Dobre • Svetlana Ivanova • Vanda HădăreanAndreea Cacovean | Elodie Lussac • Isabelle SeverinoElvire TezaTatyana YaroshAnna PavlovaAlina Kozich • Rhian Pugh • Karina Myasnikova • Anastasia GrishinaSophie SchederDaria SkrypnikAnastasiya IlyankovaKsenia KlimenkoAna Maria Bărbosu

Romanian National All-Around 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 IordacheSilviana SfiringuIoana StanciulescuSilviana Sfiringu