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Aug 142008

So my first real look at the Olympics happened to be the young girls of the Chinese gymnastic team winning the gold. My thoughts while watching them were how young they looked. I like the rest of the world had to Google how old you were supposed to be to compete and then how old the girls were. (A NY Times article said they were most likely 14 and not the “official” 16 stated on their passports according to websites which have since been shut down). That was only the first of the controversies I came across tied to the Beijing Games.

I am feeling a little bit like Mulder of the X-Files, what with all the conspiracies I am uncovering about the Olympics.

I read last night about how the little girl who sang during the opening ceremonies had pulled a Milli Vanilli and lip-synched the song while another little girl did the actual singing. All because the girl with the voice did not look good enough. (Perhaps they should have continued their search until they had a girl with both looks and talent.) Little Yang Peiyi did the vocals while the cuter girl, Lin Miaoke, appeared to the public.

Now I just read about how a dancer that was injured during the rehearsals for the opening ceremonies. She did not get help for over 50 minutes due to the tight security. She had to lay there in agony waiting for help to arrive. At first they announced she had broken her leg, but it turns out that was a lie (kind of like what they did to us when Princess Diana died – one minute she broke her arm, next minute she had died).

Oh and let us not forget the faked fireworks during the opening ceremonies as well. We television viewers got computer graphics while the folks in Beijing got to see the real thing.

So what’s next?

Aug 132008

Okay, so I guess Bela and I are not the only ones out there questioning whether the Chinese girls were of the minimum 16 years old for Olympic gymnasts. Here is a list of what the world is searching for on this matter (not like it matters as we’ll never know the truth. The Chinese government says they are 16 so therefore we must all believe them to be 16 even if they are only 14 or younger). Besides they did an amazing job and have the gold medal to prove it.

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Well it looks like Deng Linlin’s teeth have given them away. The Chinese really should have instructed her to keep her mouth shut so we wouldn’t see them. If this is happening on my little site I would like to see what is happening on Yahoo or Google right about now. I am just having fun watching this whole thing unfold. It really all seems to be about the teeth. 🙂

Aug 122008

I really am not a big fan of sports and don’t watch the Olympics every night. I only catch bits and pieces when nothing else is on TV. But tonight we watched the very young Chinese girls do the uneven bars. I was amazed at how young these girls were. So much so that I had to actually look do a Google search for what the minimum age was for the girls gymnasts is. It is 16. There is no way those girls are 16. I would say 14 if I had to guess.

My search brought up a NY Times article that says there is or was a controversy about two of the girls ages. Apparently there were official Chinese gymnast websites that had listed both girls as 14, but the Chinese government saw fit to shut them down (don’t they know that once something is on the web it is there forever?) so know one could argue with the newly issued passports stating the girls are indeed 16 (but are they).

Deng Linlin just did her balance beam routine and right before she was wrapping her leg and smiled real big. That girl does not even have all her adult teeth yet and they are going to tell us she is sixteen? As my friend said, “she is just getting her big girl teeth”! (wish I could get a screen grab of that smile so you all could see it (heck she is even missing a tooth — it is probably under her pillow for the tooth fairy)). This is similar to the 1991 North Korean girl who also had official documents but her smile gave her away too.

So if these girls (sorry unlike the announcers I cannot call them women) are officially 16 will they be getting driver’s licenses soon? And will they need to remain two years older all their lives? That is going to hurt when they are 30 something.

big smile from Deng LinlinHere’s a direct quote from the Yahoo sports writer…

“Maybe they can ask Deng Linlin to smile wide for the cameras.”

And here she is doing just that…

Now mind you, these little girls sure can work the gym floor and those uneven bars. Wow. Even being young they deserved the gold. My complaints about their age are not because they may have been cheating. It was because the girls just looked so dang young. And I do think the baby teeth in the above picture of Deng Linlin kind of proves it.  It is a shame that the Karolyis couple (who obviously are pro team USA) couldn’t have been less boisterous about there feelings (come on there is a time and a place and maybe global television wasn’t the place). Honestly I was getting tired of hearing Bela moaning about it.