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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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