12.21.09 8 years ago 2 Comments

The Chinese Olympic Gymnastics Team, L, and the Chinese Olympic Gymastics Team Simulator.

Although the two Chinese gymnasts that were suspected of being underage in the Beijing Olympics were eventually cleared, they’re now being subjected to a hearing for that same charge. Sort of. The awesomely-named Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun sat through a hearing of the International Gymnastics Federation’s disciplinary commission over the weekend to determine their true ages.

Yang said in a June 2007 interview that aired on state broadcaster China Central Television that she was 14 in Sydney. Yang later told The Associated Press she had misspoken, but declined further comment.

Dong’s official birthdate is listed as Jan. 20, 1983, but the FIG said accreditation information for the Beijing Olympics, where Dong worked as a national technical official, listed her birthdate as Jan. 23, 1986. That would have made Dong 14 in Sydney. –Y! News.

It’ll be up to the IOC to determine whether or not China would lose Yang’s bronze medal from the uneven bars, or their team bronze medal. I don’t want to know what those crazy Chinese do to figure out women’s ages, but I bet it involves about 30 guys in a subway car. Frankly, I’m amazed that China hasn’t exterminated all of their female athletes yet. Just keep sending them over here, China. We have more childless couples in America than we know what to do with.

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