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YOUR RESPONSE: Olympics Women's Gymnastics - China Too Under-aged?
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Posted 8/13/08

Jachina wrote:


axbabe04u wrote:

Add a #8 (and so on) if you have found or read an allegations that you found interesting or completely ridiculous and ignorant!


Now they blame stadium staff for causing the US to lose .
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=afp-oly2008gymnasticswomenteamusa&prov=afp&type=lgns



#9 - The staff/audience caused the U.S. to lose!
Oh please! Let's avoid not making excuses for mistakes. Being a basketball player before, they prepare athletes mentally and phsyically during practice and they should know what to expect at an 'away' game! It's the Olympics and there were more than 1 activity going on during the gymnastic competition so distractions are bound to happen!!! Anyone agree?
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thise girls need to eat or else their tits wont grow
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First off people use the edit button in the future it is there for a reason. Secondly there is actually a good reason why the US should complain if china is using underage competitors. When you are younger your body has a lot more cartilage which allows for great flexibility. Which in these sort of competitions is a great advantage. Oh, and the great proof that the girls were all of the proper age that the Olympic comity received were birth certificates made out by the Chinese government. Though really it is fully possible the girls were of competing age. I mean after all the Chinese harvest them at the age of three ship them off to be trained in their national gymnastics program. So, I am sure they do whatever they can to make sure they get the smallest and most agile athletes from the program they possibly can.
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I don't know about you, but isn't that like saying "we lost to a bunch of kids"...


"crap, we suck"
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I watched this event, those girls are really talented, at a young age too O_O
I was cheering for them! (:
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yea i was rooting 4 china in the gymnastics thing. Usa should suck it up and try again next 4 yrs and train their asses off so they wont lose to "little" kids.

Sportsmanship ppl!!
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Posted 8/13/08

Jesterj wrote:

First off people use the edit button in the future it is there for a reason. Secondly there is actually a good reason why the US should complain if china is using underage competitors. When you are younger your body has a lot more cartilage which allows for great flexibility. Which in these sort of competitions is a great advantage. Oh, and the great proof that the girls were all of the proper age that the Olympic comity received were birth certificates made out by the Chinese government. Though really it is fully possible the girls were of competing age. I mean after all the Chinese harvest them at the age of three ship them off to be trained in their national gymnastics program. So, I am sure they do whatever they can to make sure they get the smallest and most agile athletes from the program they possibly can.


i agree
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I think that the age rules exist for a reason. If there are athletes that don't meet the age requirement, they shouldn't be allowed to compete, regardless of where they are from. If the IOC has decided not to further the investigation, then that's fine.

The US girls were horrible this year, and they didn't deserve the gold, period. Actually, I was very disappointed that the one chick (don't remember her name) pretty much threw a fit after falling off the beam. She showed bad sportsmanship and I hope that she will not compete further.


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Jesterj wrote:

First off people use the edit button in the future it is there for a reason. Secondly there is actually a good reason why the US should complain if china is using underage competitors. When you are younger your body has a lot more cartilage which allows for great flexibility. Which in these sort of competitions is a great advantage. Oh, and the great proof that the girls were all of the proper age that the Olympic comity received were birth certificates made out by the Chinese government. Though really it is fully possible the girls were of competing age. I mean after all the Chinese harvest them at the age of three ship them off to be trained in their national gymnastics program. So, I am sure they do whatever they can to make sure they get the smallest and most agile athletes from the program they possibly can.




As I've stated over and over:

#5 - "USA (or other countries) are better build to fit a gymnist!"
I'm sorry...is there a body type qualification, too? Because I'm sure that regardless the body type or how much/less muscles China had, they still beat USA. Again, are people really giving lame excuses? Why?! (More on Page 4)


In addition, other nations are allowed to open up a gymnastic schools for young kids and teach them gymnastics however they like to! There's no justification if you think the only reason why China is so great at gymnastics is because of their 'trained national gymnastic program". And it seemed that you're biased with how they run their 'gymnastics program' but why assume that they get the smallest and most agile athletes. That's completely untrue and ridiculously prejudice for you to say!

Whether the Chinese women's gymnastic team are underaged or not, in the end it's not going to change anything. This has been going on for years in the Olympics especially in gymnastics but some people don't know about it. In fact, I don't understand why there's such an outburst against the Chinese women's gymnastic team since obviously, they deserved the gold!

The Olympics committee have also decided to drop all allegations and they won't do any further investigation because they are confident enough. Some people may think that the Olympics committee are all Chinese too but they are highly mistaken because that is untrue. When people mention fairness, I think, what wasn't fair?

Issues regarding Age Qualification has been going on for years and for example, Dominique Moceano from the USA gymnastic team was 14 when she participated in the 1996 Olympics which they won gold. Was that fair? Of course, I was a huge Team USA fan in 1996 and in fact, I've always been. This year, I was just so fascinated with Team China that I've been rooting for them and will continue to do so because of they have more to offer and potential where USA lacked. I'm still rooting for Team USA this year but Team China is my favorite, hands down.

As far as we know, the Chinese women's Olympic team performed gymnastics fairly and I didn't see them break the rules of any kind. People believe that they look young yet accuse them of not playing by the rules because they look young. But because they look young, do people have the right to assume they aren't 16? Why judge them by how they look or not look...is that fair? Is it their fault that they are smaller than other contestants their age? Is it fair to say that they don't look of age; therefore, they shouldn't be qualified for the Olympics?

See, I think people need to stop over-analyzing what's on surface and see things for how they are without biased or prejudice and it doesn't hurt to know some facts regarding issues in the past with Age Qualifications. I don't intend to defend the Chinese women's gymnastic team either but I can't help it because it's sad to know that people think low of them. People are arguing about how it's not fair when these Chinese gymnist have proven their talent and determination to the world. They assume that the Chinese gymnist are too young but are ignorant towards the facts.

I can go on and on. I feel bad for China because their hard work and some from the age of 3-4 are overshadowed by meaningless and unproven assumptions. Winning the gold is a dream for anyone but it's not the same when people are questioning their accomplishment, their country, when they've already proven that they deserved it. Regardless of their age, these Chinese women's gymnastic team managed to win the gold medal but why the biased against them?

I don't get it! People should show respect and give recognition that they rightfully deserve. It's simply sad to read some ignorant comments and disrespectful articles towards these world-class gymnist. As an Olympic viewer, I'm dissappointed in the response due to (unproven and disrespectful) assumptions. If you want to speak of fairness, think of how they may feel winning the gold medal, yet, not fully welcomed by it!
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The coach is a lolicon
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cjay_weeps wrote:

I think that the age rules exist for a reason. If there are athletes that don't meet the age requirement, they shouldn't be allowed to compete, regardless of where they are from. If the IOC has decided not to further the investigation, then that's fine.

The US girls were horrible this year, and they didn't deserve the gold, period. Actually, I was very disappointed that the one chick (don't remember her name) pretty much threw a fit after falling off the beam. She showed bad sportsmanship and I hope that she will not compete further.






#8 - Age Qualifications should increase!
Actually, if you ask gymnist or a gymnist specialist regarding Age Qualification, most will tell you that they wish that Age Qualifications should decrease because they believe that as a gymnists body get older, their ability tends to decrease as well at a rate that various with each gymnist--depending on their training etc. In addition, having a larger age limit (18+) allows a higher possibility in injuries during that time that may possibly result in an Olympic disqualification. If this happen, depending on the injury, they will have to continue training for the next 4 years until the next Olympics but 4 years is a long time for a gymnist and increases the chances for other injuries.

The reason why Age Qualifications exist today is to avoid excess training to young gymnist and to avoid having gymnist retire before the age of 18-20 due to injuries. So in a way, it's a gabling situation where a gymnist has to constantly be aware of injuries but due to those possible injuries, it's better to start young and take your chances while your body is at its peak rather than waiting until you're age is qualified to join the Olympics. Personally, I think that it's better to decrease the Age Qualifications to the age of 14. This way if a gymnist get injured that will not allow he or she to participate in the Olympics, they will have a better use of those 4 years before the next Olympics! And if they get injured again, they could still continue with the next 4 years giving them an 8-year plan. Makes sense?
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Posted 8/13/08
what do you mean underaged?
theyre the age for the olympics.
Those girls are awesome at what they do
and deserved to win.
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Posted 8/13/08

Jesterj wrote:

First off people use the edit button in the future it is there for a reason. Secondly there is actually a good reason why the US should complain if china is using underage competitors. When you are younger your body has a lot more cartilage which allows for great flexibility. Which in these sort of competitions is a great advantage. Oh, and the great proof that the girls were all of the proper age that the Olympic comity received were birth certificates made out by the Chinese government. Though really it is fully possible the girls were of competing age. I mean after all the Chinese harvest them at the age of three ship them off to be trained in their national gymnastics program. So, I am sure they do whatever they can to make sure they get the smallest and most agile athletes from the program they possibly can.


Since when does being young and having "more cartilage" got to do with Gymnastics? don't get me wrong, it helps to an extent but up to a certain level. you can't get "more" flexible. and when you consider these people, i'm pretty sure they are trained to that level or flexibility to compete. and the Chinese government might be communism but that doesn't make them desperate since you hinted that the birth certificates could have been faked.

and wtf are you taking about "ship" you make it sound live slavery. it's called recognising talent and giving them the best possible future, perve.

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Posted 8/13/08
there is a chiniesgirl that is 16,....yhs awesome...XD
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you guys think shes 16?? if i banged her right now(hypothetically) none would have a problem??

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