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YOUR RESPONSE: Olympics Women's Gymnastics - China Too Under-aged?
Posted 8/14/08
China is not too underaged - the minimum age to compete in the Olympics is 14 and all the girls who competed are over that.
For gymnastics flexibility is essential and girls around the 14-16 age have this kind of agility that people of other ages would otherwise find it difficult to achieve.

And also, please be aware that the article is very biased and only reflects the views of a very few individuals.
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Ok, I'm not really arguing with you about the younger the better as far as alot of the sports are concerned. However, there are age requirements in the Olympics, and I don't think because you are from a certain country that they are void of the rules. I grew up doing gymnastics, and it can be extremely hard on your body, and actually halt puberty in some girls (ammenoria is what it is called, but I think I spelled it wrong...sorry). And that my be a reason that the girls look so young. And, as I said in my previous post, since the IOC has decided not to investigate further, the girls' ages shouldn't be questioned any longer. I have no reason to think that the girls' aren't 16+. And, actually, I'm extremely happy that the China team won, this is the first time I didn't root for the U.S. gymnast's.



I'm familiar with that because even though I didn't play gymnastics growing up, my eldest sister did. I believe it did limit her height but because she only did it for a couple of years and then stopped, she managed to grow. I think gymnastics is probably the toughest on the body because it prevents, like you said, puberty in both the girls and the boys. Most of them look young too because of the fact that it's hard for them to get taller...(not implying that height measures your age either since that would be complete biased).

I, too, am extremely excited for China in gymnastics in both men and women and this is also my first time not rooting for the U.S.!!! hahah

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I think they look underaged, but ehhh whatever. I'm more into the basketball games. If gymnastics was an embarrassing turnout for USA, they definitely DEFINITELY demolished China's basketball teams on the men's and women's. Alllll gooood :D

In the end, I'll still be rooting for Team USA! *crossing fingers that they'll win the most gold and overall medals this year* China is a competition in the medal count, but it's always been like that.

Team USA Men's (and women's) Basketball will kick ass!!
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xoxo__babygurl wrote:

I think they look underaged, but ehhh whatever. I'm more into the basketball games. If gymnastics was an embarrassing turnout for USA, they definitely DEFINITELY demolished China's basketball teams on the men's and women's. Alllll gooood :D

In the end, I'll still be rooting for Team USA! *crossing fingers that they'll win the most gold and overall medals this year* China is a competition in the medal count, but it's always been like that.

Team USA Men's (and women's) Basketball will kick ass!!



I'm definitely rooting for the USA basketball team this year and unfortunately, I haven't been able to follow the women's league.

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after searching for more news about the gymnastics team finals, seems like there really are many news articles (esp. foreign news) making such a big fuss about the chinese gymnasts. some, if not many, were kinda derogatory -- even the famous karolyis were very, very vocal about this calling the chinese team half-people. these remarks make them look so bitter about being beaten by young-looking chinese gymnasts. what will you call moceanu's participation in 1996? she was 14 when she won in home soil right? why can't they just follow the lead of their top gymnasts -- accept the results and not be bitter about it. i used to cheer for team usa since i saw the magnificent 7 compete in 1996. i've also cheered for russia before (khorkina) but recently i've been cheering the asian teams. lately, asians have really been striving hard to be on top of sports. the US shouldn't expect to be #1 all the time.

btw, does anybody here know where we can watch videos of the competition? sites like nbcolympics have geographical restrictions and i wanna watch the routines the gymnasts performed.

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I just think Americans just can't get over losing
to them.

Even if they do prove they're underage, they still
lost. And they're only proving that they lost to
younger athletes. It doesn't matter anyways.
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Posted 8/14/08

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ChiChi06 wrote:

They may look like their 10 but to qualify u have to be eitha 15 16 and that reasonable since Shaun from the US girl team is 16 and she's sick as hell but CHina dominated them!!


They are underage but they still won the gold medal.Shouldn't they be even more embarrased because of that?


they're not underage. that was a rumor that got clarified in the end. they even provided copies of their passports to the Olympic committee for proof.
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axbabe04u wrote:

I'm definitely rooting for the USA basketball team this year and unfortunately, I haven't been able to follow the women's league.



Women's team are kicking ass. They've been winning by 30-40 points each game.

(and about the gymnastics)

Yeah, so the Chinese have provided proof of their age through their passport, but people should know that the government controls these. It's so easy to fake it. This is a communist country afterall. I don't hate them for using underage girls but people should know that by using underage girls, they have the advantage since younger girls are lighter and more courageous. Team USA was amazing out there, but that fall by Alicia just hurt there score.

And stop belittling USA. The Beijing Olympics wouldn't even be possible without our financial and security aid.

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Posted 8/14/08

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Don't get jealous because China can kick ass. Besides haven't people noticed tht alot of Asians looks younger than they really are?


YES thats exactly what im thinking

America is prolly just telling themselves to forget that little bit of information and making excuses. AND if u have watched the mens gymnastics theres a 27 year old japanese dude and he looks younger than 18...
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Posted 8/14/08

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wonone wrote:


ChiChi06 wrote:

They may look like their 10 but to qualify u have to be eitha 15 16 and that reasonable since Shaun from the US girl team is 16 and she's sick as hell but CHina dominated them!!


They are underage but they still won the gold medal.Shouldn't they be even more embarrased because of that?


they're not underage. that was a rumor that got clarified in the end. they even provided copies of their passports to the Olympic committee for proof.


Yeah but even proof won't work, the proplem is they think china faked those id's.Which is something most americans want to believe very much.

The number of critics are just unbelievable.I don't think anyone will know the truth apart from china.
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I don't know the truth but I still think most important thin was that china have won them by talent.
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Posted 8/14/08

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animoo_x wrote:

China is not too underaged - the minimum age to compete in the Olympics is 14 and all the girls who competed are over that.
For gymnastics flexibility is essential and girls around the 14-16 age have this kind of agility that people of other ages would otherwise find it difficult to achieve.

And also, please be aware that the article is very biased and only reflects the views of a very few individuals.


ohhhhhhhhh never knew that >__<

but still kinda stupid to bring that up since the minimum is 14 and most of them are 16 . . .
sucks to be them XD


Just wanted to point out that the age requirement is 16 or to turn 16 the calendar year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_controversies_in_gymnastics

That is the reason why it is a big deal if they are 14 or not.

Also I wonder whether they counted years based on the lunar calendar tradition of being one years old when you are born.
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Posted 8/14/08 , edited 8/14/08

wonone wrote:

Yeah but even proof won't work, the proplem is they think china faked those id's.Which is something most americans want to believe very much.

The number of critics are just unbelievable.I don't think anyone will know the truth apart from china.


some people are trying to make this look like some epic Democracy vs Communism battle instead of a quadrennial event to promote unity and sportsmanship that is.
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wonone wrote:

Yeah but even proof won't work, the proplem is they think china faked those id's.Which is something most americans want to believe very much.

The number of critics are just unbelievable.I don't think anyone will know the truth apart from china.


some people are trying to make this look like some epic Democracy vs Communism battle instead of a quadrennial event to promote unity and sportsmanship that is.


Nobody but the ones trying to deflect are saying its a battle between Democracy and Communism. This is a battle against rampant corruption in China and the Olympic committee in general.

Ignorance has also made this debate thrive further. Most people don't even know the minimum age required is to be 16 in 2008 as I pointed out that ignorance in a previous post.

It is not about who is better at gymnastics or not. This is a moral battle and China if proven would be dishonoring themselves as host of the Olympics.
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YonNobul wrote:
Nobody but the ones trying to deflect are saying its a battle between Democracy and Communism. This is a battle against rampant corruption in China and the Olympic committee in general.

Ignorance has also made this debate thrive further. Most people don't even know the minimum age required is to be 16 in 2008 as I pointed out that ignorance in a previous post.

It is not about who is better at gymnastics or not. This is a moral battle and China if proven would be dishonoring themselves as host of the Olympics.


there's no proof that they have under 16 gymnasts. Until they get proof, this is a non-issue.
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