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Old 08-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #21
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Is it just me ... or do the Chinese gymnast look about 9 yo.

Thought the age requirement was 16.
The Associated Press: State-media story fuels questions on gymnast's age
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:48 AM   #22
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two or three have been listed on Chinese sites with a DOB that would make them 14, or were until the last year or two.

The IOC has not investigated.

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Hi, ReWahoo - We must have been typing at the same time - You got one of the links I was thinking of ...
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He is also a favorite for gold in Monday's uneven bars final.
Forget the age .... how 'bout a sex test.
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Very funny, Tyran.

I can see Jay Leno doing an updated "Who's on first"

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I think this "gal" would win every time....

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Is it just me ... or do the Chinese gymnast look about 9 yo.

Thought the age requirement was 16.
Even before this made it to the media, I happened to glance at the TV during one of the girl gymnast competitions and said to my wife, "Boy, those 10 year old Chinese girls are very good."

The goal for the Chinese is to win, no matter what.

If they ever become our (military) enemies, I would be very worried.
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Is it just me ... or do the Chinese gymnast look about 9 yo.

Thought the age requirement was 16.
I'd say the oldest one was 12 or so. It won't go anywhere, because the IOC isn't going to poke into the host country's athletes.

Trust me, we'll see the "older Chinese team" in London in 2012......
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I'd say the oldest one was 12 or so. It won't go anywhere, because the IOC isn't going to poke into the host country's athletes.

Trust me, we'll see the "older Chinese team" in London in 2012......
Yep. The IOC has said that the Chinese provided documentation (passports) and they are accepting them. There seems to be no interest in pursuing this.

Bela Karolyi has not minced words on this at all.

Bela Karolyi incensed about underage rules - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports

But I like his solution, the rule is so unenforceable, eliminate it. Everyone is on an even field then.

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Even before this made it to the media, I happened to glance at the TV during one of the girl gymnast competitions and said to my wife, "Boy, those 10 year old Chinese girls are very good."

The goal for the Chinese is to win, no matter what.

If they ever become our (military) enemies, I would be very worried.
for two reasons- there culture has that win at all costs attitude, and the other more important reason is "there are like a billion of them and less than a half a billion of us".
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At least our media was let in with cell phones and similar- visit Korea (forgot which one) and the cell phones are confiscated at the border. Saw that on CNN- so it must be true.

They can't fake out Men's BBall team dominating- that is only part of games I watch.
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LOL! I'm not at all surprised by the reaction. I went to lunch on Monday fully expecting to get a load of "questions" even though 1) I'm not Chinese and 2) I had no personal involvement with the opening ceremony. So one guy at work comments, "Wow, that drum display was kind of intimidating. Maybe we should drop a couple of nuclear bombs on the Chinese right now." A woman piped up, "With all the money they spent on the opening ceremony, maybe they could have had better building codes in the the earthquake zone." The first guy who wanted to drop bombs sagely nodded and said, "Yeah, 70,000 dead just to put on an Olympics opening ceremony. Those poor folks could have benefited from better building codes." I don't know, but I don't think that even Florida building codes could stand up to nuclear bombs.
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Hah! Don't get me started with the Beijing Olympics...
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the other more important reason is "there are like a billion of them and less than a half a billion of us".
a few nukes ought to, um, level that playing field.
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They can't fake out Men's BBall team dominating- that is only part of games I watch.
I am glad they could finally beat up on the Greek, but it is not good to feel that we shouldn't even care about who we play on our path to another gold medal (like it would be 8 years ago). Next stop, Spain with their insensitive advertisement.
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The Chinese won't know what hit 'em. We'll have a Starbucks on every corner, next to the McDonalds. They be driving Escalades, wearing Nikes, yapping on I-Phones, and buying annuities...

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The Chinese won't know what hit 'em. We'll have a Starbucks on every corner, next to the McDonalds. They be driving Escalades, wearing Nikes, yapping on I-Phones, and buying annuities...
I think we've already won the first campaign in that war. Starbucks has 660 stores in China, McD's has 1,000 on the way to 15,000 or so, and Nike has more than 1,200. Victory is ours!
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I think we've already won the first campaign in that war. Starbucks has 660 stores in China, McD's has 1,000 on the way to 15,000 or so, and Nike has more than 1,200. Victory is ours!
China is already way ahead of us in corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, in fact they have 4,000 year head start.

But what they really need is lawyers lots of them, Annuity and Insurance salesman, financial advisers, tax accountants, and labor union executives if we can succeed in exporting those professions victory will truly be ours.
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The Greeks were once the center of civilization, no more. The Romans were once the center of civilization, no more. Repeated throughout history, all that changes is the scope/reach of each "superpower." Britain was the superpower of the 19th century. The USA was the superpower of the 20th century. And China is poised to be the superpower of the 21st century. A steady stream of Obama's & McCain's will guarantee our decline. One world, one dream - China's version of the dream. Not saying I'm happy about it and it won't be clear for decades, but you'll see...
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The Greeks were once the center of civilization, no more. The Romans were once the center of civilization, no more. Repeated throughout history, all the changes is the scope/reach of each "superpower." Britain was the superpower of the 19th century. The USA was the superpower of the 20th century. And China is poised to be the superpower of the 21st century. A steady stream of Obama's & McCains will guarantee it. Not saying I'm happy about it, but you'll see...
Assuming a steady-state economy, this is probably correct. But changes are a coming, such as peak oil, global warming cooling climate change, etc. Could be the Chinese and others are trying to emulate an outdated system...
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