Friday, October 10, 2008


Recently, somebody with the clearly identifiable moniker of “Anonymous” left us a message. In a comment to our story titled "SHOCKING NEWS FLASH!,” regarding the age of China’s female gymnasts, the annoyed reader said:

“I wonder why you neglected to mention the fact He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan has again been found innocent of the underage allegation?

Hey Jim Shurr, sure feels good to pick on 16 year old girls, eh?”

So here’s what we know, the writer is from Canada (eh?), he doesn’t like to use dashes to-separate-ages and some guy we’ve never heard of (Jim Shurr) is picking on sixteen-year-old girls.

Hey, Anonymous, we didn’t comment on He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan’s status because we don’t know one under/over age Chinese gymnast from the other. Our news source failed to mention whether or not they were innocent, because nobody other than Mr. and Mrs. Kexin and Grandma and Grandpa Kexin really care how old He Kexin (do we need a gender test here, too?) actually is or isn’t. That’s not the point.

It’s not about the girls, it’s about a totalitarian government that is exploiting these kids for political purposes.

We doubt rather seriously that any of these girls understand the age requirements or if they would have a choice if they did. The Chinese government was determined to put its best size 2 on the balance beam as part of its quest for home court gold. Any female gymnast good enough to be among the world’s elite was on the team, and the government would resolve all issues of “compliance.”

BTW – Former Chinese gymnast Li Ning, pictured here during the opening ceremony in Beijing, is, according the the Chinese Olympic Committee, “really able to fly.”

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