Eugenia Golea (ROM)
For a thorough listing of Golea's competitive results, please see Gymn Forum's Eugenia Golea bio.
In 1987, Romanian gymnastics enjoyed a level of success like
never before. That year, Romania triumphed over the Soviet Union,
the "big red machine" suffering three crushing blows.
First off, Daniela Silivas succeeding in capturing the gold medal
at the European Championships - and on Soviet home turf no less!
Later that year, Aurelia Dobre won the gold medal at the World
Championships, becoming Romania's first and only World Champion
to date! At these same Championships, the Romanian team won gold
over the Soviets. Eugenia Golea was a strong member of this
splashed onto the international scene in 1984, a few months shy
of the 1984 Olympics. An excellent showing at the 1984 Balkan
Championships led to Golea representing Romania at the 1984
American Cup, where she placed a respectable 4th AA. But much to
everyone's surprise she was left off the 1984
missing a spot on the Olympic team, many gymnasts
might retire...but not Golea. Over the next couple of
years, Golea's gymnastics became more polished and
she enjoyed increased success on the international
circuit (even in the shadows of Silivas and Dobre,
both icons in the gymnastics world). Along with most
members of the 1987 team, Golea went on to compete in
the 1988 Seoul Olympics, helping her team to earn a
retired from gymnastics not long after the 1988 Olympics. She immediately joined
her brother in an acrobatic circus act. Two years
later, after the 1991 Romanian revolution, Golea
moved to Puerto Rico. There, she worked for a circus and helped coach the Puerto Rican gymnastics team.
eventually immigrated to the United States. She now
coaches and choreographs gymnastics at American
Gymnastics in Bedford Hills, NY. Affectionately known as
"Geanie," she is leading a happy life in America.
Check out the July/August 2002 issue of Inside Gymnastics for a thorough profile of Eugenia Golea!
On paper, Golea
was born on March 10, 1969 but the Romanian federation actually
increased her age by two years. Therefore, Golea was actually
born on March 10, 1971.
. This page was created on April 26, 1999 and updated July 27, 2002.