Moderator: Captain Ned
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drsauced wrote:Well, yeah, even Bela Karolyi was harping on about it. At least one person isn't amused by it:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... 979c2.html
To me, China has a PR problem similar to other dictatorships, you get politburo people making PR decisions and there's no one around to tell them it's a bad idea.
Dan Wetzel wrote:The Karolyis couldn’t just lose with dignity. They couldn’t accept their gymnasts’ best. They look across the way and lust over a system that might allow them to trot out a 4-foot-6, 68-pounder who bends and flips with ease. Bela coached Nadia Comaneci to seven perfect 10s in the 1976 Olympics. She was 14.
FubbHead wrote:I don't think their age is a problem either. Their "gymnastics gulags", as someone called them, are much worse.
FubbHead wrote:medicine today is so advanced that I have no doubt that several top athletes use enhancer(s) of some kind (even though they probably have not yet even been classified, so..).
FroBozz_Inc wrote:FubbHead wrote:I don't think their age is a problem either. Their "gymnastics gulags", as someone called them, are much worse.
Yeah, a couple nights ago they were talking about how one of the Chinese little girls called home from her training facility. They said she only sees her parents once a year. When she called home, saying she wanted to come home - her parents said no. Wouldn't want to piss the state off I guess.
Lucky Jack Aubrey wrote:In light of this controversy, I found it particularly gratifying that Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson took the gold and silver medals in the women's all-around gymnastics competition.
That's not to take anything away from the Chinese girls, who clearly are caught in the middle of all this, undoubtedly worked their butts off to get where they are, and put on a terrific show in the team competition. But if there is any truth to these allegations, then having the top two medals in the all-around taken by the Americans (anyone other than the Chinese, really) seems like a bit of poetic justice.
FubbHead wrote:If there should be an age limit at all, they should put it at something like 18 or 20, to try to protect the kids somewhat, so they might have some time experiencing being a kid.