Top Ten Reasons Why the Chinese Cheat In Olympic Women’s Gymnastics

The question that is most often asked is why did China cheat? China cheated in the 2008 Women’s Gymnastics by sending girls well under the age of 16 to compete in Olympic gymnastics, but why?  What did China and their gymnastics team gain by cheating and lying to the remaining Olympic teams?

This article presents the top 10 reasons in reverse order of importance.

10.  Female athletes past the age of 16 are physically developed and have weight distribution that is quite different from younger gymnasts.  In some events, this provides an advantage to girls less developed. It is easier for them to perform many of the exercises. Most that have won gold are 16 or younger.

9.   Psychology has much to do with the issue.  Older athletes feel the pressure more than children who are not mature enough to possess the same feelings of pressure and stress. Younger kids worry less.  Experienced coaches know this.  Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic gold  medalists Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton, was interviewed before the Chinese performed, and said, “This young Chinese team (is) using 14-15 year olds, all kids, they have no pressure…”.

8. Younger girls appear to be less prone to injury.  Whether this is because of flexibility issues or some other reason is not known. Some of these statistics can be seen here.

7. Pressure is another factor related to 9 above. For older girls there is much less of chance of repeating in the Olympics.  That makes it a much more do or die scenario.  The younger girls can look at it more as just another competition or preparation for future games taking the pressure off.

6. A nation choosing to violate the rules and enter younger girls into the Olympics allows the girls to acquire more experience in the Olympics at a younger age.  Sneaking in 12-14 year olds allows those athletes to return at 16-18 well seasoned in Olympic competition giving the team better odds of delivering winners.  Most 16 year olds in the competition will likely not be able to compete again in future Olympics due to age issues and injury, but a 12-14 year old is guaranteed, if she remains healthy, to have a solid opportunity to repeat.  Essentially, for most women gymnasts, their career is over by 18.

5. The Olympics are only once every 4 years!! Some of your best talent may never get a chance to compete.  Girls that are 15 are excluded from the Olympics.  Their probability of maintaining their level of excellence, avoiding injury and surviving as competitors given the general pressures of teen-hood for four years, and then performing in their first Olympics at 19-20 is slim.  China’s dishonesty takes advantage of all the countries that could not send girls that were within just months or days of the requirement.

4. Smaller Framed women have less of a chance of going out of bounds during floor exercises because they can execute the same move in a shorter distance.

3.  Prescreening. Some girls can perform when in practice, but cannot in the stadium.  This provides the team a chance to screen the participants prior to giving them key positions on the team for future competitions.

2. Psychological advantage.  The girls on competing teams know the other girls are cheating to take an advantage and it impacts their performances.

1. First and foremost, sneaking in underage girls widens the field of prospects considerably. If you are limited to just girls over 16, you have a much narrower field to select from.  A girl 2 months shy of the deadline, healthy and with as good a prospects as a girl only 2 months her senior cannot be considered, even if the older girl is injured or is not as talented.  China could consider everyone because they are dishonest and have no problem with cheating to get the best of their girls to the Olympics.  Many American Olympic gymnastic athletes had injuries, but because the USA follows the rules, many 15 year olds that were readily available could not take their place.  The US had to enter the all-around competition with numerous injured athletes.

Deng LinLin of China walks by Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone during the Women’s Gymnastics Team Finals in Beijing, China on August 13,2008.

Conclusion

China’s cheating hurts everyone.  It is a disgrace.  And it isn’t the first time.  The Chinese were caught “red” handed in the 2000 Olympics lying to the world and got caught. It hurts all our girls that could not go and may never get the chance to go.   And every girl they cheat from other nations out of an opportunity comes at a stiff price to that country and their potential medalists.  China is not only cheating, they are stealing from those nations and participants that obey the rules.

We believe China should be suspended from the next Olympic games entirely as the truth comes out and everyone realizes that they cheated once again.

90% Of Our Pollsters Feel China Women’s Gymnastics Squad Should Be Stripped of Gold Medals

In our poll, we have asked our readers if they feel that China’s Women’s Gymnastics squad should be stripped of their Gold medals. In similar polls, we have asked if they feel Gold medals and various judging calls clearly favored the Chinese in what appeared to be cheats or set-ups. Finally, we have asked if they consider that China Cheats by allowing girls that are significantly under age.

We have had an overwhelming response and the results may surprise you. Approximately 85-90% of respondents believe that China does cheat and should be denied their medals. They believe that introducing significantly under age girls into the Olympics is a violation of Olympic rules and should deny China the right to compete.

While we originally favored not penalizing the Chinese teams that did cheat, we have changed that view. Had it been America that cheated, the world would have called us a disgrace and gladly disqualified our teams. But America does not cheat. China cheats. And the world allows it. We are at a loss for words why some say they hate an honest America when in even something as simple as Olympics Competition, China demonstrates clear dishonesty and does not garner the same hostility?

Perhaps media control and protected borders shield a nation from the eventual destruction that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate collapse of the USSR. But in the long run, people tend to hate success. Jealousy is why other nations hate the US. Fear that their lifestyles and freedoms will be more popular, thus breeding dissent from others in their own nations that similarly desire those freedoms, as would any human being.

Totalitarianism works for a while, but it usually fails, because it typically does not consider the rights of the individual. Making slaves out of children to make them Olympic Athletes, tearing them from their families and forcing them into training, only to discard them along the way if things don’t work out is child abuse.

Our Constitution, written by some of the most brilliant men in the last millennium, makes the US great, and if it applied to the entire world, all nations and all people would benefit.

China cheated before…

While it appears that some Chinese people may have been ‘in the dark’ about the minimum age rule in Olympic gymnastics, the same cannot be said about China’s women’s gymnastic team. Yang Yun, who was a double bronze winning Chinese gymnast in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,  was originally listed as 16 years of age but later admitted on state television that she was only 14 when she competed.

The IOC, which was as spineless eight years ago as it is now, shrugged its shoulders and Yang was permitted to keep her medal. Eight years later in Beijing, it appears that Team China has managed to ‘pull off the same trick’ once again and this time it could carry away gold.

Communism Does Not Upset Us, Chinese Cheats do! How NASDAQ Assists China As They Cheat the US in Olympics and In Business.

China not only cheated when they sent under-aged contestants into the 2008 Olympic Women’s Gymnastics competition, they repeatedly cheat against the US in many other ways.   Our politicians are afraid to turn away cheap Chinese imports, so they continually look the other way.  Some call it free trade. Certainly it is “FREE” for China, but it is very expensive for the US.

They destroy US companies and are solely responsible for their criminal activity. Other Asian countries may have somewhat similar problems, but it is primarily the Chinese that continue to tap our economy for their criminal gains.

China repeatedly allows the resale of bootlegged US Software, brand name purses and other products throughout the world. This practice devastates many US and International companies. Recently, in a trip to our local mall, a vendor was selling $10 knock-offs of sunglasses, Revo, Oakley and Ray-Ban, claiming them all to be genuine.  All made in, you guessed it, China.

Fake crocs or frocs 1Also recently, the companies CROCS and HLYS were devastated by Chinese knock-offs and the International Trade Commission did nothing as knock-offs of patented shoes were exported from China throughout the world.

When CROCS was sued because soft shoes were found to be dangerous on escalators, the Chinese companies that had robbed them of hundreds of millions in sales were nowhere to be found. They take the profits of their criminal activity, but they disappear when it comes to financial and social responsibility.

China Energy Savings Technology, Inc.

(CESV when they were traded on the NASDAQ) is another example of a Chinese disgrace. The company was marketed on the US Stock exchange. The company claimed that it had over $3.00 in cash on hand. The NASDAQ and Yahoo trusted them and published these statistics as fact showing their strong cash position and cash flow.

It was all a lie, and the NASDAQ was complicit. CESV dissolved in days as the CEO disappeared and all that cash was nowhere to be found.  The rest of the board then walked away, leaving American investors to lose hundreds of millions. What was China’s action on the matter? To market more fraudulent companies on the NASDAQ and continue to apparently endorse the fraud.  They took no specific action against the criminals that committed the fraud, nor did they make any effort to make foreign investors whole.  Lawsuits were filed, but suing a company within Communist boarders is like trying to teach a pig to talk, you waste your time and you annoy the pig.

The Chinese gymnastics team is only one small example of where China defrauds the US and the World, in some cases stealing retirement savings from legitimate investors. They have no remorse and take no remedial action to prevent the fraud as they consume our resources.

And so we trust them with the Olympics as they abuse children too.

Chinese Government Cheats At Olympics, Chinese Women’s Gymnasts Deserve Our Respect

In our Polls we have seen most people believe that China not only cheated, but that the Chinese team should be stripped of their Olympics medal. This is by a huge 5-1 margin so we have to respect our readers’ opinion.

We would like to add, however, that we humbly disagree with the people in our polls. We feel that the team members of the Chinese Women’s Gymnastics team are victims of a totalitarian government that has placed pressure on them to lie and win at all costs.

We feel that the media and the world will know the truth within months and China will be disgraced. But these girls deserve our respect for surviving in an environment in which a government rules by intimidation and lies.

Our hearts go out to them, and we wish them our best and hope they are back again to show us their best in the next Olympics. We hope China does not get excluded from the next Olympics for their illegal acts, because these girls deserved better.

Pathetic Coverage of US Dalhausser/Rogers over Swiss Laciga/Schnider in Beach Volleyball by NBC in Olympics

In an incredible match between Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, and Switzerland’s Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider, the Americans had, after splitting the first two sets, come back from a 6 love deficit.  The battle was incredible, with each team exchanging leads.  This was one of the most exciting matches of the Olympics!!! Suddenly, in the middle of a tied match, NBC cut to the pool.

Michael Phelps was to make his swim for history and his 7th Gold Medal.  And we do not question the fact that Michael was more important at this juncture, so going to that live was a no-brainer.

But after Michael won, NBC showed that they are a no-brainer.  They turned to meaningless track qualifications that could have been shown anytime, and left the fans of one of the best US Beach Volleyball Teams in history dangling.

As it turns out, Dalhausser and Rogers overcame a 6-0 deficit in the final set to beat Switzerland 21-16, 21-23, 15-13 advancing to the quarterfinals.

But the coverage had to come from elsewhere, as NBC demonstrated their inability to understand the importance of one of the closest matches in this tournament.

World and US Pros Look Pampered And Lazy In The Olympics


Why is it that the best often lose?
Four years ago, the clearly most talented US Basketball Team couldn’t even medal. This year, Venus and Serena Williams were both eliminated in the singles competition by unseeded players.

Even the best in the world, Roger Federer, lost to James Blake of the US. Blake is no slouch, but Federer had never lost to him before.

The premise of the games is free competition. The winners get a medal and notoriety, but they don’t get a paycheck. If you don’t already have notoriety and championship trophies, then that can be quite an incentive.

There is no true motivation for the professional athlete making millions and already in a cushy contract. They already have endorsements. They already have notoriety. And they already have plenty of trophies. They don’t need a gold, silver or bronze colored cookie on a ribbon.

It appears to us that the primary reason the pros often fail to live up to expectations in the Olympics is because they have little incentive. It is like volunteer work to them. There is nothing the Olympics offer them they do not already have.

In an episode of South Park, the boys try desperately to lose at softball so they won’t have to play for the summer, but to their dismay, all the other teams are similarly trying to lose. It isn’t that extreme, but we think the Olympics has to offer a million dollar purse or at the least a new Lexus to get the pros to start playing up to snuff.

China “Cheats” Their Way To Olympic Gold In Women’s Gymnastics. USA Silvers.

America was about to compete against the Chinese “Women’s” Gymnastics Team.  After a brilliant vault, Deng Linlin of China returned to the sidelines to be greeted and congratulated by her teammates.

The American team was nearby, and what was absolutely apparent was that the American team all looked 16.  Most of the Chinese team barely came up to the American Girls’ shoulders, and looked to be between 13 and 14 with the exception of Deng Linlin who looked all of 11 years old.

The minimum age requirement for women to be considered eligible for Olympics competition in gymnastics is 16, and somehow almost all the Chinese girls have passports that confirm they are exactly 16.  These, of course, were printed by the Chinese Government.   The International Olympic Committee has chosen to trust China to be honest in this competition despite how obvious the violation is.

The USA Team Competes

First Vault by an American was Bridget Sloan.  She jumped a perfect vault, and although a little off center on the landing, stuck it well within the line.  Her total score 15.200.

Shawn Johnson vaulted next, leaping and tumbling perfectly in the air.  The difficulty on Shawn’s vault was greater, and as she landed, her legs crossed.  Despite the slip, her score for this incredible jump was 16.0.

Alicia Sacramone was next.  Her vault was nearly perfect except for a small hop at the end.  That would cost her 1/10 of a point.  But the difficulty was high and she totaled 15.675, placing the team ahead of China, but both China and the US were trailing Russia.

Chelsie Memmel, a world champion on the uneven parallel bars took the floor.  Because of an injury, Chelsie would only compete in this event.  Therefore, the bars would be everything for her and her only contribution to the team.  This would be her last Olympic exercise, and she was near perfection.  Her landing motionless.  Her score, 15.725!

Shawn Johnson was quick and smooth in her performance and did a dismount that is among the hardest in the competition.  She nailed it without so much as a ripple.  Her score, 15.350.  This was disappointing after that great dismount.  It was difficult to explain this low score.

Nastia Liuken is stellar on the bars, and she executed a routine that is incredibly difficult.  Every move was perfect.  She fell on her last dismount in the qualifying round.  Not this time.  Score, 16.900, as close to 17 as we have seen.  As she stood awaiting her score, Nastia stood behind Deng Linlin.  Deng barely reaches the bottom of Nastia’s neck.

The next challenge for the Americans was the balance beam.  Alicia Sacramone fell off the beam.  And her look was total disgust.  She fell just jumping on the beam and lost 8/10 of a point to start.  Her dismount was amazing, but it would be negated by the poor beginning.  Score 15.100.

Liukin had to save the day and started well, but lost her balance half way through.  Despite the slight slip, her dismount was perfect, and it needed to be.  15.975.

Shawn Johnson finished up on the beam, beginning with three backflips executed perfectly.  She hit every move and then landed with only a slight step on an incredibly difficult dismount.  Score, 16.175.

After the beam, the separation between China in first and the US in second was only one point despite the “Sacramone”ous fall.  If Alicia had not slipped on the beam, the US would likely be ahead.

The Americans’ Sacramone began the floor event and could not shake the nerves.  She fell backwards, landing on her behind, after a double forward flip, losing 8/10 of a point.  The upset from her prior fall was probably just too much for her to handle, and you know she was devastated.  That fall likely gave China the gold, barring disaster.  She was brilliant in the rest of the exercise, until she stepped out to lose another 1/10 of a point.  Everything that could go wrong did.  She knew she had just lost the gold for her teammates even after all the years of practice, and at 20 this is likely her last Olympics.  She was afraid to look as the score posted at 14.125, a score the rest of the team could not hope to make up.

Nastia Liukin was next and stepped out on her first move, losing 1/10 of a point.  The exercise was beautiful, so hopefully, she could score well, but it likely wouldn’t matter after the disaster in the first exercise.

Shawn Johnson is the World Champion.  But even perfection could not win this for the Americans if it were not accompanied by disaster for the Chinese (such as their true age being revealed maybe)?  Even Shawn stepped out on the first pass.  1/10 point gone.  The entire team was rattled by Sacramone’s heartbreaking performance.  Alicia was holding tears inside, and the other girls felt it.  Shawn did well, but NBC decided a commercial was more important than displaying her score.

Why This Competition Was Unfair Before the Olympics Even Started

Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic gold  medalists Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton, was interviewed before the Chinese performed, and said, “This young Chinese team (is) using 14-15 year olds, all kids, they have no pressure…”.  When asked if he believed the Chinese team was cheating, he said “that is obviously documented.  Half the Chinese team is underage.”

Karolyi followed the event with the statement, “I have to comment the Chinese Team, (are) good kids; nothing to say about that.  Too bad they are underage and should not be legally accepted…”

In other words, it is too bad that we allow the Chinese to cheat right under our nose and do nothing about it.  The Chinese Girl’s Olympic Team Gets the Gold.

And so we leave you.  The US did not execute their best game, but they also could not choose from the same range of talent the Chinese could.  The age limit should either not exist or be universally enforced.  Anything else is clearly unfair to our athletes.

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NBC Doesn’t Seem to Think Venus Can Take GOLD in US Woman’s Tennis?

We have been continually annoyed watching sporting events when the announcers continually try to fill the void with useless verbiage.  Such was this game.  We have often enjoyed events vastly more when, due to technical difficulties, the announcers were cut off and we were allowed to derive for ourselves the level of play.

Venus looked beautiful on every stroke taking control in the first set over Iveta Benesova of Chekoslovakia.  The strength was obvious, despite the NBC announcers giving Venus little credit for her lead, saying she had done little to earn it.

Venus may have overheard and delivered a fantastic serve followed by a kill volley that gave Iveta little chance for a return.  Another kill and it was 40 – Love.  And then Game-Love.  Venus up first set 4-1.

Not one game was close in the first set save the one for Iveta, and finally, the NBC announcers were getting it.  It only took a 5-1 lead for them to catch on!!

But Venus double faulted and gave NBC’s commentators a bit of ammunition.  And she followed with another fault.  Venus delivered the second serve, but it was weak and led to a strong volley by Iveta.  Venus just kept hitting hard and deep until Iveta hit the ball out.

Venus followed with a 180+ KM/Hour serve and Iveta barely managed to touch it as it scorched past her.  If Venus starts landing those first servies, Iveta has no chance to break, and right now, she needs breaks, lots of them.

Set Venus 6-1.  Venus not only earned it, she was serving notice. Even NBC announcers were suddenly realizing, as Venus disposed of the disheartened Iveta in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.  Venus is super and Gold in our books!

UPDATE: We maybe singing a different tune after her dismal performances following this game, along with Serena and Federer. Read about it here.

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POLL: Chinese Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, Are They Way Under Age?

When watching the Chinese women’s gymnastic team perform, one is immediately stricken by the apparent illegal age of the performers. There are clear age requirements for the Olympics, but why is it that only the Chinese team seems to be an average age of 12?

Deng Linlin of China is alleged by the Chinese team to be 16 years of age.  We are not sure, but we think they are defining a year as the length of time it takes Venus to orbit the Sun, not Earth.  This girl looks 12 at the very most.  She has no physical signs of female development, zero body fat and looks like, if 16, she would be being treated as an anorexic.

Deng looks to be, at most, 60 pounds, and has about a 4′ frame.  She couldn’t get on the E-Rides at Disneyworld! And she would definitely qualify for the discount children’s ticket without any questions from the park’s operators!

There are clear advantages to playing this card for a women’s gymnastics team. Weight is more evenly distributed in the young.  In addition, the younger a girl starts in the Olympics, the more experience she can garner for future competitions.  Basic physics also tells you, the smaller the frame, the less room it takes to execute a move. A 4 footer can somersault in significantly less distance than someone 5 feet, vastly reducing the probability of stepping out of bounds during floor exercises, a common problem in gymnastics for girls of legitimate age and stature.

Most of all, sneaking in underage girls opens up the field for a broader array of talent, providing the teams that cheat a significant advantage.  There are many candidates that were excluded by legitimate teams in the competition, sometimes just months shy of the qualification age.

The New York Times has already reported that online records have two members of the Chinese women’s team, He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan, at age 14, in violation of the Olympic minimum age requirement of 16. Yang Yilin was indicated as being 14 on a state-run television website at about the same time.

14 seems generous. Apparently, someone confirmed the ages of these girls, but common sense says they are most likely lying.

International Olympic Committee  president Jacques Rogge deferred responsibility for enforcing the age limit to China’s gymnastics federation, but isn’t that like letting the fox watch the hen house?

Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic gold  medalists Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton said “Shame on the IOC if they don’t do anything about it.”

Karolyi’s solution? “The only way to stop this is to take off the age limit. Take it away. We would have some amazing young athletes on our team, too, but they missed it by a few months. To force honest countries to hold back and allow other countries, not so honest, to push them forward, it’s not fair.”

“No so honest” was kind.

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