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HOW OLD IS SHE REALLY? 16 OR 14?

In CULTURE, HOT BUTTON TOPIC, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SPORTS on August 14, 2008 at UTC.37.31.

The Chinese Women’s Gymnastics team won the all-around competition, just barely in terms of the score, but in terms of skill set they seemed to run away from their competition. The Chinese national team scored 188.900 for its Gold medal team victory. In contrast, the United States won Silver by scoring a respectful 186.525.

In gymnastics there is a stringent age requirement: competitors must be 16 years old. As many as 3-4 gymnast on China’s team have come under scrutiny because these girls barely look 10-12, yet alone 16.

Is there a advantage to younger girls competing? Some have argued that young girls don’t repond to pressure the same way as older girls. In fact, some say they feel no pressure because its their first time at this level of competition. In contrast, a lot of the American girls were visibly shaken during their routines. The pressure to perform under the spotlight is enormous, especially in gymnastics.

Another advantage is that girls who are pre-pubescent have hips that haven’t filled out yet, this gives them the ability to perform harder tricks & perform better flips. Simply put in gymnastics if you’re smaller then you can flip better.

On the other hand, younger athletes bones’ haven’t set yet, so if they get injured they might not ever heal properly because their bones are still brittle. The older the athlete is when performing complicated tricks, the safer they will be.

The little girl pictured to the right is China’s Deng Linlin and her & her teammates have come under scrutiny regarding their ages. She weighs just 68 pounds and seems to be very much malnourished if she is indeed 16 years old, but is she’s only 14 years old then this would make more sense, but would mean that China’s government willfully violated the rules of the International Olympic Committee to gain an unfair competitive advantage in competition.

The jury is still out, though in the court of public opinion the Chinese team is guilty as charged. Time will tell the truth of the matter… Let’s wait & see because you know had the U.S. team won this story might never have surfaced….

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  1. “The jury is still out, though in the court of public opinion the Chinese team is guilty as charged. Time will tell the truth of the matter… Let’s wait & see because you know had the U.S. team won this story might never have surfaced….”

    I agree with you there. This rumor wouldn’t have surfaced if the US got what it wants (gold medal). I think we should not make the giant assertion about the Chinese athletes’ ages and imply Chinese government conspiracy based on the opinion that the athletes’ appear youthful.

  2. The rumor started before the medals were handed out. That aside, the Chinese are scoring way above everybody else on what I and many others are considering mediocre routines. Will somebody challenge the judging and then fairness please??

  3. “A lot of chinese girl look really young and small compared to their age. it’s like that for asians. they look really younger than their counterparts of the west or european countries. however deng linlin looks really younger than her presumably age of 16. who knows…16 may be her real age.”

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