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IOC turns blind eye to controversy
over China's kiddie gymnasts

SI.com
by: Selena Roberts

State-media story fuels
questions on gymnast's age

Associated Press
by: John Leicester

Records Say Chinese Gymnasts
May Be Under Age

NY Times.com
by: Jere Longman and Juliet Macur

Earlier state media report listed
gymnast He's age as 13

ESPN.com

Chinese Olympic Gymnasts'
Size Causes Controversy

ABCNews.com
By Sharyn Alfonsi, Rich McHugh,
Josh Gaynor and Imaeyen Ibanga

For Liukin, Tie means 'Too Bad'
WashingtonTimes.com
by: Ryan O'Halloran

Chinese Gymnasts 14, Official Document
The Epoch Times
by: Jan Jekielek & Anna Yang
 

  Chinese Gymnast ConspiracyWomen's Olympic gymnastics ... The Asterisk is not ashamed to acknowledge his appreciation for this slice of Americana on the world stage. Admit it, you're familiar with the names, Alicia "A-Sacks" Sacramone, the illegitimate offspring of a Soprano's mob boss, Nastia "Nasty Nas" Liukin, east coast hip hop embodied in the form of a Russian midget, or little Shawn "Shawn-John" Johnson, the eventual P-Diddy clothing line endorsement deal is imminent. But unlike you perverts, my admiration of women's gymnastics is purely a respect for the fluidity of form, for innovative artistry, for the pursuit of the Perfect 10 ... or seventeen ... or whatever convoluted system they've dreamed up for this year's games. It's a deep-seeded regard for the commitment of these young medal seekers in their quest to maintain America's traditional dominance over the summer games ... nothing more. I admit it's curious that I find myself parked in front of the TV with my girlfriend during the women's competition; while scarcely finding time for the men's gymnastic pursuits, but what can I say? I'm an American damn it, and the Olympics just brings out the tin foil hat wearing patriot in me.

This year's competition in Beijing has been ripe with controversy from the start. From the digitally enhanced fireworks during the opening ceremony and lip-syncing cherubic youngster (who apparently was easier on the eyes than the actual performer), to the inconsistent scoring system that seems hell bent on suppressing American point totals, but at the same time elevating the results of the tinkerbell prepubescents from China. Now I can admit that I have no formal training in the evaluation of women's gymnastics. I tend to rely heavily on Tim Daggett and Elfie Schlegel to let me know when I've just seen something exemplary, but the conspiracy theorist in me just can't let go of the fact that the Chinese Government has somehow convinced the International Olympic Committee not to thoroughly investigate the claims that their athletes are underage. The rule is clear; to compete in Olympic gymnastics an athlete must turn 16 years of age in the year the Olympic games are held. The reason is two-fold. A younger athlete, unaffected by puberty, has a marked genetic advantage. Underdeveloped hips spin quicker, allowing younger athletes to perform more complicated routines. The shorter stature and lower weight also allows for effortless movement across the balance beam and between the uneven bars. Younger athletes are also fearless due to inexperience, failing to grasp the pressures of competition. Clearly at least three of the six gymnasts from China are under the age of 16, as evidenced by numerous articles that appeared in China before the games, listing the ages of Jiang Yuyuan, He Kexin, and Yang Yilin and touting these younglings as China's next great hope for 2012 in London.  If these resources are correct, it would place them now at ages 14 or 15.  All recently uncovered articles and online sources have mysteriously disappeared (censored no doubt by the evil empire), and the People's Republic of China waves their freshly printed Chinese passports as evidence of the girl's claims (that's not suspicious at all). Nor is the fact that the Chinese athletes on average are 3.5 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than their American counterparts. I understand China has invested eight years of preparation into the games to break onto the world stage, and yes there is an inherent home team advantage with the athletes performing in Chinese venues, but rigging the games with falsified documentation and bringing a Girls Gymnastics squad to compete in the Olympic Women's gymnastics category is reprehensible ... and the botched attempt at a cover up leaves me insulted.

One last thought on the Nastia Luikin / He Kexin tie for gold on the uneven bars. Wouldn't we all favor a reasonable tie breaker to once and for all determine an Olympic Champion? Like an uneven bar showdown between the two or a fight to the death with spiked baseball bats in a pit of snakes? Something to make the games more interesting … all we're looking for is a little "closure" here. What do you think?

 
 FIG complies with IOC, seeks more
proof of Chinese gymnasts' ages

ESPN.com
 

 
 

 
Rogge says gymnasts' paperwork
appears to support China claims

Associated Press
ESPN.com






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  From : Matt from Tulsa
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008
         1:47 AM
  I have rock-solid proof that the Chinese women's gymnastics team is concealing the true age of three of their competitors in Beijing. I regularly follow women's gymnastics and have for years, so it was funny to me that the Chinese government was trying to pass off Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, and He Kexin as legitimate. Back in 2007, I watched multiple gymnastic championship events and taped them. The commentators clearly state their ages at 13 and 14 when referring to these girls. I still have the tapes!  I've also saved articles from '06 and '07 hailing these three and "rising stars" and "promising athletes". They appear in separate articles, but the point is they were to be the pride of China for the 2012 games in London, not the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. The IOC had better get its act together and look deeper into this matter. If not, I am prepared to setup my own website with YouTube clips of the girls competing, scanned versions of the articles, and the missing internet webpages that I printed up last year. Think about it IOC, do you want egg on your face or do I have to play hardball?
 
 
From : Luke S from Alderon
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008
         12:45 AM
You might want to know that the "tin foil hat" crowd is not the only people who wonders if some members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team are under-aged according to this article: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/gymnastics/news/story?id=3547713  If the FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) does confirm the underage story, we could see several gymnastic medals stripped from the Chinese team some time after the Olympics end.
 
From : Davo from NJ
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008
         2:59 PM
From an AP article: "Even China's own Yang Yun, a double bronze medalist in Sydney, said during an interview aired on state broadcaster China Central Television that she was 14 during the 2000 Games." If China could falsify documents in the past, what's to stop them from falsifying them now? Thus, the question of whether Chinese government documents (i.e., passports, identity cards) can be trusted can be answered with a resounding "No!"
 
From : Beth from Phoenix
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008
         12:15 PM
This whole situation is really unfortunate. If the Chinese were less than truthful and it's shown that they competed with underage athletes, then I feel bad for the Chinese gymnasts who were 16 and may be stripped of a gold medal because of the actions of a few. I also feel bad for the American Team or any others affected by the Chinese scandal who won't have an opportunity to stand on top of the Olympic podium to see their flag raised and listen to their national anthem being played. It's really not right.  I even feel bad for the underage Chinese gymnasts, like He Kexin. At 14 years old, you do what you're told. You don't question authority, especially not in a culture like China's.  I'm sure those young girls were put in a very difficult position and it's tough to blame them for what's been going on in Beijing.
 
From : Albert from Houston,TX
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008
         2:37 PM
Americans are such whiners. When things don't go their way, they protest, they complain, and they whine. It's always someone else's fault. They are never to blame. The American team somehow, though no fault of their own, got screwed. Was it not Alicia Sacrimony that fell off the balance beam and then fell again during the floor exercise? Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson both had missteps during the floor exercise too. Does that sound like a gold medal performance to you? Gymnastics is a sport that relies on an inconsistent human element to judge each performance. It may not be an ideal system, but it's what we've always had. It's an integral and expected part of the sport.  I say screw the age limit. If a young gymnast is strong enough to compete on the world stage, then let 'em compete. It seems like a cop out to hide behind the fact that a younger athlete is immune to the pressures of competition ... just a bunch of American whining.
 
From : William from Miami, FL
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008
         10:42 PM
Wow, I'm satisfied! The Chinese government has now come forward with all of the appropriate documentation to substantiate the claims of their women's gymnastic teams. Apparently all birth certificates and passports were presented to the IOC corroborating what the girls, I mean women, have said all along. Every member of their gymnastics team is at least sixteen years old. Boy, I sure am glad that was cleared up. Thankfully we can now all rest easy, as there's certainly no doubting the solid reputation of the Chinese government to fabricate, I mean provide, solid backup materials that I'm sure were just unavailable all along. Probably lost in some little village hut in a remote Chinese province... what a crock!
 
   
   

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