IOC refuses to investigate 'under-age' Chinese child gymnast

Aug 2, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Bangkok Post

The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it will not look into a possible age limit violation of Chinese gymnast He Kexin.

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kimberly

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Aug 13, 2008
 
No need to look any further than one of the girls mouth. SHe is missing a tooth on the side which is consistent with 10 or 11 years old! Certainly not a 16 year old. Cheaters!
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Aug 14, 2008
 
I saw that too. Cheaters don't get fair China.

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Now that there is proof from one of the girl's hometowns, are they going to let them keep the medals in spite of cheating?

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Aug 14, 2008
 
So an underaged girl beat the US? Why don't they just get rid of the age requirement. If you are good enough to compete at 10-11 then go right ahead. Pretty soon we will see babies being catapulted over the pole vault bar at 25 feet for the gold.
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Aug 14, 2008
 
tjpike wrote:
So an underaged girl beat the US? Why don't they just get rid of the age requirement. If you are good enough to compete at 10-11 then go right ahead. Pretty soon we will see babies being catapulted over the pole vault bar at 25 feet for the gold.
agreed they should get rid of the age requirement. if your that good you deserve the gold. but the fact is rules are rules they cheated
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kimberly wrote:
No need to look any further than one of the girls mouth. SHe is missing a tooth on the side which is consistent with 10 or 11 years old! Certainly not a 16 year old. Cheaters!
Ever heard of having a tooth knocked out, kimberly. Frankly, I have seen 16 year olds that I would think were 10 year olds. I have also seen the exact opposite as well.
Christopher

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Aug 14, 2008
 
tjpike wrote:
So an underaged girl beat the US? Why don't they just get rid of the age requirement. If you are good enough to compete at 10-11 then go right ahead. Pretty soon we will see babies being catapulted over the pole vault bar at 25 feet for the gold.
No, we won't see that. However, I do agree that the age limit should be done away with. If you are good enough to compete at the Olympic level that young (and might not be when you are above the age limitation).... why not let them compete?
They will still have to go through the same Olympic pre-trials as everyone else to PROVE that they are good enough, so what's the big deal?
Peter

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Forget about her tooth people, 16 year old girls don't weigh less than 70 lbs. Their physical development is not normal for their supposed age. If you can't tell the difference then you're either fooling yourself or terrible at recognizing age appropriate development. Furthermore, younger girls have an advantage over older gymnasts where weight, bone density, and size are a major disadvantage. Smaller gymnasts rotate and move faster and have a much easier time performing difficult maneuvers. Add this to the fact that these girls documentation a year prior to the Olympics says they are 12-13 and it is clear the Chinese cheated.
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Aug 14, 2008
 
The age limit is a GOOD thing. If anything, they should make it older! As you get older, your center of gravity changes and are less fearful when you're so young. To remove the age limit simply encourages bad treatment of young girls in countries like China and North Korea where this poor treatment is already in place! It is completely wrong to take a baby away from her family at 3 and this behavior would continue...maybe get worse!!!!
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kimberly wrote:
No need to look any further than one of the girls mouth. SHe is missing a tooth on the side which is consistent with 10 or 11 years old! Certainly not a 16 year old. Cheaters!
What are you a dentist? You're just saying what everyone is saying. What many people are saying nowadays are bull$#1T. anyways, she might of lost a tooth from falling off the beam or something? China dominated and USA messed up, and you know it!
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Forget about her tooth people, 16 year old girls don't weigh less than 70 lbs. Their physical development is not normal for their supposed age. If you can't tell the difference then you're either fooling yourself or terrible at recognizing age appropriate development. Furthermore, younger girls have an advantage over older gymnasts where weight, bone density, and size are a major disadvantage. Smaller gymnasts rotate and move faster and have a much easier time performing difficult maneuvers. Add this to the fact that these girls documentation a year prior to the Olympics says they are 12-13 and it is clear the Chinese cheated.
WTF?! China cheating? Where's your proof? You're just getting all your facts from the articles you read online. There is no proof that China's gymnastics are underaged. And for those people who have asian friends, should know that most asian are smaller and looked younger than the average Americans.I mean common people, most American consume 99% junk food and asians mostly eat rice+vegetables. Peter, you're just jealous that the Chinese team dominated the US team without question.
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Aug 17, 2008
 
And jayzee, you're just an idiot.
Shinichiro

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Aug 17, 2008
 
these girls don't swallow tons of Big MacCholesterol and Kentucky Hormone chicken gulped down with DM Coke and ObesePepsi so they don't look 1.
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Want proof?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-flumenbau...

There you go.
She's underge. It really isn't important what rules we should or should not have, the fact is these are the rules and thus should be followed. no one is mad that the China beat the US, or any other country for that matter, they are mad because they cheated, and that is simply unacceptable in a international forum such as the Olympics.

Furthermore, I am sick of everyone saying Chinese people look younger, so that is the problem. Well people, I lived in China for many years and you know what? While for some they do age better, they do not look THAT much younger.
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Aug 17, 2008
 
maybe age limit should be 70 yo so we can see minute detail in slow motion...jejejeje.

does McCain qualify?
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Want proof?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-flumenbau...
There you go.
She's underge. It really isn't important what rules we should or should not have, the fact is these are the rules and thus should be followed. no one is mad that the China beat the US, or any other country for that matter, they are mad because they cheated, and that is simply unacceptable in a international forum such as the Olympics.
Furthermore, I am sick of everyone saying Chinese people look younger, so that is the problem. Well people, I lived in China for many years and you know what? While for some they do age better, they do not look THAT much younger.
u like MacCholesterol? how much u weight? waistline?
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Aug 18, 2008
 
Shin -- what the hey does MacCholesterol have to do with Exasperated's post? Are you condoning cheating because Americans consume more fast food? I suppose you'd have no problem if the United States fabricated passports for some exceptional 13-year-old gymnasts that said they were three years older and able to compete in the Olympics.

The fact is that cheaters are punished in virtually every sport but gymnastics. In this sport, the cheaters are pushed to the head of the line and awarded medals at every possible opportunity.
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Peter wrote:
Forget about her tooth people, 16 year old girls don't weigh less than 70 lbs. Their physical development is not normal for their supposed age. If you can't tell the difference then you're either fooling yourself or terrible at recognizing age appropriate development. Furthermore, younger girls have an advantage over older gymnasts where weight, bone density, and size are a major disadvantage. Smaller gymnasts rotate and move faster and have a much easier time performing difficult maneuvers. Add this to the fact that these girls documentation a year prior to the Olympics says they are 12-13 and it is clear the Chinese cheated.
i assume you're an expert on child development when you're comparing an eastern diet to the heavy hormone and fat laden diet of the west where its common for parents to take their kids to McDonalds on a weekly basis.
The IOC has passed the Chinese girls on terms of age. If the shoe were on the other foot, the US teams would most likely gloat about how the other gymnasts could not compete with a "less experienced" younger gymnasts.
The competition has been witnessed on the world stage, natural and drug free. The talent speaks for itself.
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Aug 18, 2008
 
Capn wrote:
Shin -- what the hey does MacCholesterol have to do with Exasperated's post? Are you condoning cheating because Americans consume more fast food? I suppose you'd have no problem if the United States fabricated passports for some exceptional 13-year-old gymnasts that said they were three years older and able to compete in the Olympics.
The fact is that cheaters are punished in virtually every sport but gymnastics. In this sport, the cheaters are pushed to the head of the line and awarded medals at every possible opportunity.
While i may not be an economic expert by any means. One does have to find Chinese poster's comments on American fastfood consumption rather entertaining. The hidden fact behind it is, the Mcdonalds company is growing faster in the Nations of China and Japan than anywhere else on the planet.
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Aug 18, 2008
 
why even have a committee if they are not going to investigate rule breaking?

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