Wasting time looking for underage gymnasts
#1 Oct 2, 2008
ON OLYMPIC DIVING, BY IVAN ERICKSON, AUTHOR OF "SONG OF THE STORM WINDS":
Since some Olympic sporting events - such as boxing and wrestling - are paired by legal age and weight classifications, why couldnt sports, such as Olympic diving, be classified according to weight and age, as well as by gender? This would allow the younger girls to compete legally! This way, the 16-year-old and over American girls would not have to whine about being beaten by 6-year old Oriental girls.
This is especially important in light of the emphasis that the judges put on rating the dive according to the angle at which the diver's body enters the water, and especially as to the amount of splash created by the entry. It goes without saying that a slender, 6-year-old, 20-Lb. Chinese girl is going to create less splash than a 120 Lb. fat - butted American girl, even if the Chinese girl should perform a belly flop.
If this change were to take place, the height of the diving platforms could be lowered to protect the younger, lighter, still growing girls from injury.
Let us stop our quibbling, and be at peace with our beloved neighbors of all races, ethnicities, religions and faiths.
God bless you all.
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