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August 14th, 2008
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Who are they trying to fool?
Olympic rules stipulate that every competitor must be at least 16 years old in the year of the Olympics, which means they must be at least 15 years, eight months now. How many of the Chinese look like they're old enough for a learner's permit?

This image from Sports Illustrated really shows the contrasts. Look at the hips on the two teams.

The biggest question at this point seems to be whether He is 13 or 14.

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From:evelynne
Date:August 15th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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The thing that strikes me is that the white girls look much more muscular and well-fed. I could believe the Chinese girls are almost 16 if they've had relatively crappy nutrition. It used to be that people didn't hit puberty until they were 15 or 16, but supposedly because of better nutrition or hormones in the milk or god knows what, puberty is hitting earlier and earlier in the US.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 15th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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These girls grew up in a factory system to produce gymnasts. I'm pretty sure they've had the best nutrition possible.
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From:daddygod
Date:August 15th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Trust me, I know.

Thing 2 has everything except the monthly already, and she's not even 12 yet.
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From:liandriel
Date:August 17th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
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I know! I said to my mom, "It looks like they're actually feeding the gymnasts this year." Because I know that in the past, there have been problems with anorexia and coaches and teammates belittling girls they saw as too husky. The US team this year is a bunch of really STRONG women.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 15th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
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No wonder the Chinese hate and fear the internet. They go to the trouble to get the passports straightened out at the national level, and the regionals have neglected to correct information that some of the girls are 14 on their webpages.

Information is so much easier to control when there is only one source.
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From:evilegg
Date:August 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
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Did the NY Times story run today?
Have you seen it?
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 15th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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I believe the NYT broke the story at least a week ago. CNN had a link to it, so I have read it.
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From:evilegg
Date:August 15th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
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See- and I just saw stuff in USA Today (today) saying that The AP and NY Times had dug up the best info, but they didn't say what it was.
Motherfuckers.
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From:lampetia
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
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It's sad to see all the injuries on the American girls.

But yeah this might just be a race difference. Chinese women normally look younger than us.. but yeah.. Some of them look awfully young.. Especially the girl at the front.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 15th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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What about the second from the back? She has no curves at all.
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From:lampetia
Date:August 15th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
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Some women just aren't blessed.
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From:beckon
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't aware of that ruling.

I wonder if Britain is: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=103534&in_page_id=34

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From:beckon
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Are you sure you have that information correct? http://www.dawn.com/2004/08/20/spt3.htm This kid is 13 in one of the swimming events.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 15th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. Perhaps the rule only applies to gymnasts, though I can't imagine why it would.

If I'm wrong, so are the BBC, CNN, NYT, and USAToday that I know of.
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From:lileaduran
Date:August 16th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
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As far as the rule goes...

I heard something about the younger you are the easier it is to find your center of balance, thus tumbling and throwing yourself around like a rag doll would be easier to recover from gracefully. Once the curves start developing it becomes harder

On a totally different topic, thanks for the add :)
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 16th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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After further review, it seems the age rule may not apply in all disciplines. It definitely does for gymnasts.

I came across your latest entry while cruising the image stream and I like your work, both the nudes and the industrial.
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