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Gymnastics concluded tonight at the Beijing Olympics

Men took the floor first on the parallel bars, where China dominated in the form of Li Xiaopeng.  South Korea’s Yoo Won-Chultook silver and Uzbekistan’s Anton Fokintook bronze.  Fokin became the first gymnast to ever win a medal for Uzbekistan.  After all the men had received their scores, Fokin raised his hand in the air and made a one with his index finger, showing that even if he came in third, he still considered himself a champion.  (more…)

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Chinas He Kexin celebrates her gold medal for uneven bars.  American Nastia Liukin received silver, although she and He both earned the exact same score.

China's He Kexin celebrates her gold medal for uneven bars. American Nastia Liukin received silver, although she and He both earned the exact same score.

The Olympic gymnastics individual event finals, currently underway in Beijing, have already sparked controversy on more than one occasion, although they only began yesterday.

Talk of judging errors and judges’ incompetency developed on the crest of an already controversial wave sweeping through Beijing:  that of the alleged age of the Chinese women’s team.

The media has made comments suggesting some of the Chinese women do not truly meet the rule that states a gymnast must be 16 years of age or turn 16 during the games in order to compete.  Bela Karolyi, who has coached his fair share of champions, insinuated the Chinese government provides inaccurate passports to their gymnasts so they can compete.

With the age argument already brewing, the judges came under attack during the first two nights of women’s individual events finals.  Night 1 brought problems at the vault.  Alicia Sacramone, a 20-year-old (more…)

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Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin during the medal ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Womens Gymnastics Team Competition.  The US received silver.

Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin during the medal ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Women's Gymnastics Team Competition. The US received silver and would not taste gold until Liukin won the individual competition.

Nastia Liukin joined today the ranks of Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson when she won the Olympic gold medal for Women’s Individual All-Around Gymnastics.  The 18-year-old Moscow-born Texan stood slightly taller than teammate Shawn Johnson and China’s Yang Yilin when she accepted the first gold medal awarded to the United States for gymnastics at Beijing.  Both the American men and women had achieved only silver until tonight.

Liukin and Johnson secured the first Olympic gold-silver finish for the United States.  The girls were favored to place tonight, although the Chinese performance in the team competitions demonstrated the Americans would not win easily.

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(Disclaimer: Though the majority of the bunch here are British/Irish. I’m American. Therefore take everything written here with that knowledge- This is environmental issues with an American slant, I’m not trying to speak for the world, I’m just some chucklefuck on the internet with an opinion.)

Yeah, so gas prices are pretty goddamn high.

Far be it from me to argue for or against Global Warming. It seems it’s pretty readily accepted as truth now. But hey, I can see why people are weary, perhaps their party is telling them down the line it’s not real. Science has been wrong before! Why can’t it be wrong again?! It’s hard to be a straight ticket Republican and buy into the whole deal, I’m sure. (more…)

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