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Thread: China pulls article on 13 yr. old Olympic gymnast

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    There was another Chinese gymnast that I completely believe is probably only 13, at the oldest. I can't remember her name, Lingling or something like that. The announcers were saying she had little to no international experience. Of course not, the Chinese gov't didn't want anyone to see her before the Olympics because then it would be easier to determine her age.

    I was reading an article inthe NY times about it yesterday, The New York Times > Log In. I thought it was interesting that in the article they say the dates the passports were issued but also say that the gymnasts have competed in international competitions before. Why would their passports be issued 6 months ago if they'd already been competing internationally?

    It's just a shame that they feel the need to cheat and lie in order to win medals. I realize that there will always be scandals in sports and in the Olympics. I just wish everyone were honest.

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    oh china; im not suprised

    i heard these kids are plucked from their youth and forced to become these athletic stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Yeah well she didn't win anyway. They will probably whisk her off to a labour camp, never to be seen again.
    Yup, along with the person at Xinhua who overlooked that article when they were doing a sweep to make sure there wasn't any evidence of the girls' real ages online.
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    does anybody give a crap about the olympics anymore anyway?

    it's always cheating, bought judges or doping.

    Pile of crap if you ask me.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    does anybody give a crap about the olympics anymore anyway?

    it's always cheating, bought judges or doping.

    Pile of crap if you ask me.
    Would you like a gold medal? It's got chocolate inside!

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    ^^He's just a bitter canadian.









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    no no, hes a bitter jellus fattie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rica View Post
    no no, hes a bitter jellus fattie
    Goddamn, speaking of that my health club has been way more crowded recently. I think people are seeing all that Olympic buffness and are getting embarrassed about their own bodies.

    Can't wait until the Johnny Come Latelys clear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    ^^He's just a bitter canadian.








    HEY! Carol Huynh f-ing ROCKS! And Ryan Cochrane, too!

    (And any other Canadians who've started winning things but I've missed because I haven't really been paying attention because I'm a bad Canadian ).
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    Heehee, I hope this doesn't come out as a red x because it's damn funny. Found it on Facebook's pieces of flair app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post


    Heehee, I hope this doesn't come out as a red x because it's damn funny. Found it on Facebook's pieces of flair app.
    OK, I just spent a looooooooong time on Facebook finding that flair and adding it.

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    Before the olympics started my daughter told me the Chinese had a gymnast that competed as a 13 year old last year. My daughter coaches and has 2 elite gymnasts on her team.

    Bela threw a fit, he said open up the age limit and let everyone compete or make the rules the same for everyone.

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