People cannot seem to understand how critical age is in women’s gymnastics. They seem to think that an older performer is better or more experienced, when in gymnastics it is dramatically far from the truth. Nastia Liukin had been injured last year and was fortunately healthy for these Olympics, but as the NBC announcer said, “Many said she was too old and too beat up”. At 18, she was too old!!!??? Such is the world of gymnastics where Nadia Comaneci won her first gold at the age of 14 and most are out of the sport before age 20.
Anna Liukin, Nastia’s mother, couldn’t even attend when her daughter Nastia competed for and won the All Around Gold Medal in Women’s Gymnastics. She had to find out via a text message on her cell.
Today, she would be in the audience, but she didn’t look comfortable.
The14-year old He Kexin, claimed by China to be 16, walked to the front of the uneven parallel bars. As NBC put it, “Does she look 16 to you?” No, because she isn’t, but she certainly looks older than Deng LinLin who we believe could be as young as 11. Kexin is great, but she could not have fairly qualified until she was 18, four years from now. While she is a great performer, it is a disgrace she is in the competition.
Kexin had fallen before, but she did not this time and was looking strong until she did the transition from the low bar to high bar and fell to an arms length downwards not able to quite make the transition smoothly. He’s dismount was ugly along with a step to the side. She got a much-undeserved 16.725, and one began to wonder if money was greasing the palms of the judges.
Nastia Liukin was next. She should not let cheating get to her, but it was obvious this was another Chinese setup. Nastia wasn’t as crisp as she could have been. Her high bar moves and dismount were fantastic, but her low bar moves looked a tad off. A tie at 16.725!! Oh my.
You cannot tie at the Olympic Games, which leaves it up to the computer to rank the gymnast. The NBC announcer once again caught China cheating. “I think they dropped the ball on this one. He Kexin had more visible errors”, he exclaimed, “That was not right!” Nastia showed the frustration plainly as the Chinese scoreboard showed He in the lead despite Kexin’s weaker performance and an unearned tie score.
It was time for Yanh Yilin to perform. The contestants must be Age 16 to compete. The screen clearly showed Yilin to be Age 15 (SEE OUR VIDEO). This should be an immediate disqualification. She nailed all points of her performance, outperforming Nastia and He, but she was clearly listed as under age. Could the Chinese finally be admitting they were cheating? And yet, she only got a 16.650 and looked totally dismayed. Maybe she lost a 10th of a point for being underage?
Photos were taken of the two Chinese underage girls posing with their lying coaches. It was a pretty sight, a 15 year old and 14 year old illegally in the Olympics.
Nastia was robbed in China. A Gold medal had been awarded by 1/1000 of a point to the illegal Chinese contestant despite numerous visible flaws in her performance.
It is sad, that with all the talent that the Chinese possess, they have to resort to cheating to win in events for which they should not have even qualified.
The Olympics Women’s Gymnastics were a sham. Had the Americans just plain not been spectacular, the Chinese would have assured their underage girls would have won it all!
Yet another judging error in this Gymnastic competition!
Yang Yilin’s Performance with an intro showing her age as 15 yo.
The “uneven” results with commentary.
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