there's no way that gymnast is 16 years old!! come on......

@dloveli (4369)
United States
August 22, 2008 5:12am CST
I just awoke to the latest Olympic scandal. There was talk of the gymnasts from China being younger than the required age of 16. Now there is a full fledged investigation. What's reallly going on? Enough is enough already. Chinese officials have made a mockery out of the 2008 games. I am sorry to the chinese people for having to be associated with this type of publicity. Please understand that my feelings are toward the ruling body that governed over Olympic decisions. How could they think they would get away with that? I have just viewed the pictures of this medal winner and my 14 year old looks older than her. I understand their can be isolated incidents of a person looking extremely young. But two or three in the same event? Are they for real? If they were going to do something like doctoring their passports, they shouldnt have done more than one.Usually I dont make judgements until all the facts are in. However, with their behavior since the beginning of the games has been questionable.I think they did switch their passports. There's not that much chance of three 16 year old girls looking like their 10 years old competing in one event. I could be wrong.. What do you think?
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
22 Aug 08
HI sweetie! I agree with you totally. There should be a transparency and authenticity! You know what this duplicity, corruption, cheating make us so cynical and we start to doubt ourselves. It's gross!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
22 Aug 08
My sentiments exactly. What is it that forces the governments and ruling bodies of the world to do such unnecessary things just to win. I understand that winning is an honor. However, its not winning if you are cheating. Some of the competitors have been waiting their whole lives for this one moment. It is sad to know that some dont care who they hurt, step on or destroy just to say they won. These things start wars. I am so upset about this. You know what? Nothing is going to be done. Noone cares. I believe that the Olympics is a big publicity stunt now. There hasnt been one moment in these here games that can be remembered over time like in past years. I can still remember being a small child and watching Nadia Cominici. Remember Kerri Strug? She got a perfect vault on a broken ankle. I watched that and will never forget it. The only thing I'll remember about these games was the poor little girl who wasnt cute enough to sing her own song. Nice hah? thanks dl
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@subha12 (18462)
• India
22 Aug 08
I did not know about thsi rule that the gymnast must be 16 year old. Is it implemented from this year? I can remmeber in the last olympuic i have seen many younger girld. may be 13-14. But why China did so? was it really necessary? Can you say which girl you are referring to?
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I am referring to the gold medalist of team China. The other girls are also on the gymnast team as well. It has always been a rule regarding age. I believe this is for the safety of the competitors. As for why, I cant answer that. Sorry friend. I am upset at the fact that there has been numerous innuendos regarding China and the games. If it was the United States, people would be all over it. It should be the same for everyone. If China did do all these things, They arent as smart as I thought. Someone was bound to find out. Thanks dl.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 May 10
The girls still look young, but are now 2 years older than they were in Beijing. I think some gymnasts are just tiny and have a young face. I was recently at the European Championships & a lot of the gymnasts were smaller & younger looking than my teenage daughters.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
17 May 10
I agree that gymnasts do tend to look a lot younger than they are.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 May 10
I think it's "part of the job" really. My 14 year old towers over the Russian gymnast Ksenia Semenova who is 18, I think. But most gymnasts are small & I think anyone who is 5ft or less tends to look young! Even the British girls look young. Beth Tweddle is the tallest at 5'3" or so & is 25 but I've met her & she looks 17.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
17 May 10
OMG my friends! I forgot about this discussion I posted it in 08. Anyways They do tend to look alot younger. A friend of mine is a local sportswriter and she was telling me that alot of the countries doctor birth certificates for the gymnasts. Some of them are really alot older than they seem. Some of the gymnasts doctor their age themselves because they know as they get older its time to retire. Coaches want new, young, fresh talent.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I feel the same way as you, my husband and I watched that the other night, my husband said that little girl couln't be more than twelve. I agreed with him, looking at her there is no way that she is sixteen. Sometimes, people look younger than their actually age, but in this case, there is no maturity about her looks. It is not the statue, it's her adolecent face. Then again I could be wrong.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
22 Aug 08
You may not be the only one who's wrong. I could be as well. I doubt it though. There's a chance that one girl may look very young. But come on! Three? I dont like to keep harping on the Olympics. But I am truly shocked. I didnt thing there was much that could shock me. These games have been doomed from the beginning. A friend of mine has a relative there competing. He said she's afraid that she is going to be treated badly once the games are over because of all the bad press regarding China from the US and other nations as well. I hope for the girls sake, we are wrong. Regardless of how old she is, she did a great job!! dl
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@youless (87456)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Aug 08
I always think the gymnasts looks young. They are short and very light. Perhaps this is the requirement for this kind of sports. It's the advantage. But it doesn't mean that this is not their real age. Can you see the little boy who presented in the opening ceremony besides Yao Ming who held Chinese flag? This little boy was a hero because he saved a few friends in the earthquake. I didn't believe he was 9 years old until my colleague told me. At first I thought he was about 5-6 years old because he looked like that age. But I was wrong. And do you know Thomas Daley who is 14 years old and he competed in the 10M diving match in this Olympics? What's your comment about it? I am impressed by him because he is so young but dove so well. I look forward to his performance in London Olympics in 2012. I think he will become a very competitive opponent at that time. Don't you think it's quite boring you always win? Glad to see there will be a stronger opponent. I love China
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Listen I understand your aggrivation. However I dont feel your response to me is justified. Its not about winning. It seems to me you are doing the very thing I am talking about. Instead of accepting that your opinion isnt the only, you are trying to put my response down. This is exactly what I am talking about. Its not about winning or losing, it's how you play the game. Sportsmanship. Maybe you are correct and the children all happen to look younger than they are. We'll never really know. If China wants them to be 16 they are 16. I too love chinese culture, fashion,friends and more importantly food. However, I am proud of the athletes representing my country. Some have waited their entire lives for this experience. The Olympics was set up to show the natural talent of many nations. It represents peace, unity, and truth. Its public knowledge that China hasnt been very honorable about some of the decisions they have made regarding the ceremonies. The incident with the two little girls at the opening ceremonies says it all. What if she was your child? She couldn sing her song because she wasnt cute enough. R U serious??? There's nothing better than a little competition. But to what extent? How many people have to be hurt? In my opinion, no one should be hurt or disrespected. Not even people on myLot who are voicing their opinion. I dont think that trying to antagonize a person by rude comments is the way that it works here on myLot. I for one dont want any part in it. I am sorry if I offended you with my response. However, I try to be the best person I can. One of the ways I do that is being honest. Sometimes the truth can hurt. Its no reason to lash out. We are all friends here. I hope. Thanks friend dl
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@youless (87456)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Aug 08
First, I don't know whether the girl Lin Miao Ke who performed in the opening ceremony did sing or not. I have to find the proof so that I can say it. But I don't think she will sing worse anyway. And if you said the girl who did sing this song didn't perform at last because she wasn't cute. Is that the truth? Is it another reason? There are also other children performed in the opening ceremony, why some people didn't find more stories like this? It must be more stories, and some of them can be rumors. Second, I don't know whether our Chinese athletes's ages are qualified or not, because I need to find their profiles. I won't say anything before I find the truth. I wonder whether 14 years old is qualified for diving, too. Can you say something for that? Perhaps since this little boy didn't win anything, so he wouldn't get attention to be questioned by it? Is it fair?
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@youless (87456)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Aug 08
Let me list their profiles here: Cheng Fei: 1988.5.29 He Ke Xin: 1992.1.1 Yang Yi Lin: 1992.8.26 Jiang Yu Yuan: 1991.11.1 As to the singing part: Chen Qi Gang directed that singing part. He explained to it. Many children had the singing interview since April. But finally four left until June. The child Yang Pei Yi sang better than Lin Miao Ke. However, Yang is at the age of changing new teeth. Since that, Chen decided to let Lin presented the singing but used Yang's voice because he thought this would be a perfect match. It's not because Yang isn't cute or beautiful like what you learned in your side. I saw Yang's photos and she's quite cute. I am not going to say this decision is right. But it can also be understanding. Even if it's wrong, but this decision wasn't made by me. The director like Chen and other colleagues made this decision. Hard to believe that just because of a little group of people's decision, and then all of us received such kind of hurtful comments. Is it reasonable? Children are innocent and why we have to force our thoughts on them?
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@cripfemme (7719)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I agree with you. Now they're saying it's five girls and the International Gymnastics Federation is looking into it. For all their "fake" effort, China could get itself banned from the next Olympics. How would that benefit the Chinese in any way? And what does this say to little girls? That's it's ok to lie as long as you get what you want? For serious matters, such as medication or mobility, maybe. But not for sports. I'm really glad that people are actually looking into this, and I hope that if it turns out to be true (which everyone knows it is at this point) that the Americans who followed the rules will get the medal they deserve. Better late than never in my opinion.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I hope they do get banned. Its what they deserve for the entire fiasco they called an olympics. I am so thankful our team is home and the nightmare is over. China is a terrible dictatorship that doesnt care about its people and their families. I think they should be held accountable for all they put all the athletes thru. dl
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I did not think they looked 16 either. It is a same that they would cheat, if that is what has happened.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Sadly, we will never really know. I cant believe the bad feelings I have toward the Olympics all because of China. I dont mean the chinese people. I mean their government. Its really sad that they find nothing wrong with some of their actions. dl
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
23 Aug 08
ok I am asian although not Chinese. I am 34 but to people here I look either 20 or 25 only because I am skinny and small like everybody else in my family. Then again I am far from an athlete, I hardly do any exercise other than yoga and even that I haven't done it for a long time. An athlete I am certain would have different body proportion, due to their extensive training and diet especially olympic athletes. So yes as an Asian myself I doubt that they are 16, non athlete probably, but athletes? I don't think so. It may even be one of them not all three but yes I doubt it myself.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
23 Aug 08
was wondering that too as watching the diving . the girls were all flat chested and My daughter made that remark of how can they hide them if they are that old? as they are saying some of them really looked young and maybe the Country they come from bind them or else starve them .
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
24 Aug 08
In order to participate in diving, You have to be at least 14 years old. Its different in every event. I wouldnt be surprised if they to go on some kind of starvation diet. I dont think it's just in that country. I think all athletes have done in at one time or another. I will be soo happy when its over. dl
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
24 Aug 08
yes they do ,do it in other countrieres I have watched movies where alot of them are bilingmic. Throw up what they eat they think they are fat for some one told them so like their trainers and that just to awful to think about.
@lyzabelle (1669)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
I just can't believe that China would do something like this, as low as cheating. An investigation should take place to determine if the accusation has any real evidence. This is really bad for the country's reputation. I hope the truth will prevail.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Aug 08
They are investigating. It may be that CHina gets banned from the next Olympics. It's exactly what they deserve. They made a mockery out of the entire Olympic experience. It should have been a memorable positive experience. It was memorable as a negative experience, a farce, and a lie. dl
@msedge (4012)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Well, thats what i thought during the first time when i saw them.I can't believed they are sixteen.They look so young.Then i had somewhere that Chinese really look younger than their age so i just ignore what i had thought but then now the truth comes out.Those girls are not really sixteen years old.So my eyes are proven right.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I remember seeing something on the news about that and I didn't know what to think. They really wanted to win I guess, they showed them training there atheletes and that they lived there training everyday. If she is younger than 16 they really wanted her to compete. She must have been really good for them to go through all of that trouble. Right now I think that they over did it with how the games were presented all together. I was a little hurt that they had some other little girls singing a song that she lipped sinked cause the little girl that really sung the song didn't look good enough for them. That is crazy, they went over board with it all.