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Posts Tagged ‘China’

Olympics: Chinese Gymnasts Win Amid Controversy

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Gymnastics Gold

After giving the United States an numerical opportunity to overtake them — a chance the Americans squandered — the Chinese women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal; although, there are lots of questions surrounding the ages of some of the Chinese competitors. In order to compete in Olympic gymnastics, the team members had to be 16 or older.

A report in the New York Times was the first to shed light on the situation:

Online records listing Chinese gymnasts and their ages that were posted on official Web sites in China, along with ages given in the official Chinese news media, however, seem to contradict the passport information, indicating that He and Jiang may be as young as 14 — two years below the Olympic limit.

Regardless of the questions about age, the U.S. did have an opportunity to take the gold from China after a couple of sub-par balance beam routines. Alas, it was the balance beam that was the undoing for Team USA as well, especially for Alicia Sacramone who fell awkwardly as she was beginning her routine. The troubles continued when the US took to the floor exercises as all three performers — Sacramone, Shawn Johnson, and Nastia Liukin — made noticeable mistakes.

After that, the gold was China’s.

It’s doubtful anything will come of China’s potential age-gate; however, that doesn’t mean everyone believes the competitors are legitimate either — especially US Coach, Marta Karolyi.

Olympic Torch Begins Journey To China

Olympic Flame

The Olympic Torch began its trip to Beijing, kicking the journey off in Greece. Let’s hope it doesn’t ignite the air when the open flame hits mainland China.

Smog, anyone?

Smog

Apparently, the torch-lighting ceremonies were greeted with some human rights protesters… they, of course, were removed before disrupting the proceedings. And why not? I mean, let’s just ignore everything that goes on in China — much like Google and Yahoo — so we can play some games.

Japan, China Fight; Soccer Match Breaks Out

Yes, we’ve all heard the adage, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” However, have you have heard it in the form of “I went to a soccer game and a Karate sparing match broke out?” Well, thanks to the China/Japan match-up, you have now. The match took place on February 20 and was marred by numerous incidents of rough tactics and severe tackles in the form of outright kicks.

And guess what, thanks to FanHouse, via Who Ate All the Pies, we have some video to share:

Of course, most, if not all of the bad blood between the teams comes from historical reasons. Japan wound up winning the game, 1-0, but they had to take quite the beating in the process.

Bonus: the goalie was NOT red-carded for his Bruce Lee imitation at the 1:27 mark. Again, WAS NOT ejected.