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Revisiting Emilia Eberle’s gymnastics

November 21, 2008

She’s known for that awful floor routine — and now, for her accusations that Bela and Martha Karolyi physically abused her and others while she trained on the Romanian national team. What she isn’t so known for is her very clean work on beam and bars.

I wonder why not. Eberle’s work from the 1979 Chunichi Cup and 1980 Olympic Games is quite impressive. On beam she reminds me of a combination of Olga and Nadia, and her swing on bars and some of the neat moves is great. Her double pike off beam had to be one of the first performed. If she weren’t of the same era as Nadia, Nellie Kim and Natalia Shaposhnikova, perhaps she would have been better remembered.

Emilia Eberle, 1979 Chunichi Cup, Uneven Bars:

Emilia Eberle, 1979 Chunichi Cup, Beam:

The judges thought she was pretty good, too. Eberle won silver on bars at the 1980 Olympics.

By the 1980 Olympics, Eberle had mercifully been given a new floor routine. If the music sounds familiar, it’s because Mary Lou Retton used it in 1984.

Emilia Eberle, 1980 Olympics Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

Four more years

October 18, 2008
FIG President Bruno Grandi.

FIG President Bruno Grandi.

The International Gymnastics Federation has re-elected Bruno Grandi President.

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Bruno Grandi was re-elected as the International Gymnastics Federation president Saturday for the next four years through the 2012 London Olympics.

The 74-year-old Italian will serve a fourth term, having led the world governing body since 1996. He also has been a member of the International Olympic Committee for eight years.

Adrian Stoica of Romania and Nellie Kim of Belarus were re-elected as presidents of the men’s and women’s technical committees, the bodies that make the rules for the sport.

International Gymnast indicates that it wasn’t perhaps the most, um, enthusiastic of elections. Of the FIG’s 83 voting members, 23 — more than a quarter of the ballots — were either against him or absentations.

Grandi’s gotten a lot of flack for being the guy who pushed the perfect 10 system away and replaced it with the A-score/B-score thing. He’s also approved having five gymnasts on an Olympic team next quad instead of the six we’ve seen since the 2000 Games (down from seven in 1996), a move he believes will open up competition to smaller countries.

The FIG is also expected to move forward with a licensing system, another of Grandi’s projects. Beginning next year, any gymnast competing in an international competition would have to have a license, and that documentation would follow the athlete throughout his or her career.