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IOC: No proof of underage gymnasts


BEIJING (TICKER) —The International Olympic Committee on Friday claimed that there was still no proof that anyone cheated about the ages of several members of China’s women gymnastic team.


The Chinese gymnastics federation has presented information to the IOC to support its insistence that all the gymnasts were old enough to compete, a claim that arose after the team won the gold medal and as individual event as well.


IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said the International Gymnastics Federation had been asked to investigate “what have been a number of questions and apparent discrepancies†and were satisfied with the reply.


“We believe the matter will be put to rest and there’s no question on the eligibility,†she said. “The information we have received seems satisfactory in terms of the correct do***entation, including birth certificates.â€


A gymnast must be 16 in an Olympic year to compete at the Games. But questions about the ages of at least three of the athletes have persisted.


Online records and media reports suggest three Chinese gymnasts - He Kexin, Yang Yilin and Jiang Yuyuan - might be as young as 14.


According to a report by the Times of London, Mike Walker, a computer security expert from the United States, obtained do***ents from a Chinese web site that proved He’s birth date is January 1, 1994 - making her 14. Her passport printed her birth date as January 1, 1992.


He narrowly edged American Nastia Liukin for the gold on the uneven bars on Monday and Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, backed the decision to investigate further.


“USA Gymnastics has always believed this issue needed to be addressed by the FIG and IOC,†Penny said in a statement. “An investigation would help bring closure to the issue and remove any cloud of speculation from this competition.â€



IOC: No proof of underage gymnasts - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports

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Ok anyone see the Bronze medal mens beach volleyball game? Brazil team 2 vs Georgia? Funny too but all the participants were Brazilian?? Apearently Georgia hired a couple Brazilian BVB players to represent their country.. Nick named them Geor and Gia! Lol. Wonder if the Chineese are renting out any of their players for the 2012 London games??


Meanwhile at the Birds Nest.. Tonight the Jamacian womens 4 by 100 meter relay team pull a USA and drop the batton and cross into the other lane messing up the British!! The Russian women go on to win the gold.. Nigeria gets the bronze..

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Gold for US in Men's Decathlon. I always thought this was an amazing event!



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World's Greatest Athlete - that's up for debate Darla.


Personally, I believe Hickstead is pretty terrific. Hickstead and Eric Lamaze of Canada won the gold medal in the individual jumping.


As well, Eric Lamaze rode Hickstead as part of the team jumping, when the Canadians were awarded the silver medals.



Here's a an example of poor sportsmanship:


Cuban attacks judge after losing match in taekwondo


Cuba's Angel Matos deliberately kicked a referee square in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal match, prompting the World Taekwondo Federation to recommend he be banned for life.


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Kenya wins it's first Olympic old in the marathon, Moroco second with the silver.... and it looks like Ethiopa will win the bronze.... in about a minute... Hot off the press lol


Brazil beat the US for the womens volley ball today... Brazil has a great team!!

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So who recorded their countries medal total - and how many of each colour?


I recall saying that Canada was going to win up to 20 medals.

3-5 gold, 5+ silver, rest bronze.


Canada won 18 medals - 3 gold, 9 silver, 6 bronze. Not bad guesses huh?


What I'm looking forward to is the Paralympics - Sept 6 to 17


I love Murderball!!! Can't wait for Canada to take on the US - fabulous rivalry!!!

Those boys like it rough!

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now that you mentioned it Carolyn, i will have to get the do***entary from Netflix. I think i said 105 for US whens their final tally?

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Canada's chances for a medal vanished 2 days ago as they weren't in any more competions after that.


According to CBCSports.ca/olympics

Overall Medal Standings

G S BTotal

1st China 51 21 28 100

2nd U.S. 36 38 36 110

3rd Russia 23 212872

19th Canada 3 9 618

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these closing ceremonies are quite good.


I can't believe the number of people they have.


who is the British performer besides Jimmy Page?


they've extinguised the flame but now have a memory tower. spectacular.

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I'm out west today so the closing cerimonies have just started.... Sad it's over but now I can get some work done around the house... lol

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Whole Lotta love - love it, love it, love it!


The singer is Leona Lewis - a pop princess from England.

She reminds me of Mariah Carey, but with talent.


I wonder how many of those volunteers keep their costumes? I wouldn't mind one of those necklaces with all the balls and baubles that glow.

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Originally Posted by Karren_Hutton View Post
I'm out west today so the closing cerimonies have just started.... Sad it's over but now I can get some work done around the house... lol
and get some needed sleep!

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well i was staying up to watch the basketball final, but the ping pong (err excusem table tennis) put me right to sleep

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36 facts about the Olympic medal count


1) China won the most gold medals at the Beijing Games with 51. They become the first country to crack the 50-gold mark since the Soviet Union in 1988. The most golds ever won in a single Olympics is 83 (United States, 1984).


2) It's the first time since 1936 that a country other than the United States or the Soviet Union has led the medal count.


3) China won more golds in Beijing (51) than they did total medals in Atlanta (50).


4) 'Project 119' was a Chinese initiative designed toward winning golds in the medal-rich sports of swimming, track, rowing, kayaking and sailing. Reports are already crediting Project 119 with China's dominance in the gold medal count, but Chinese athletes won just four golds in those sports. Their total was instead augmented by even better performances in Chinese-dominated events like diving, gymnastics and table tennis.


5) The United States won the same amount of golds (36) that they did in Athens, continuing a remarkable consistency that the nation has exhibited over the past half-century. American Olympic gold totals since 1952: 40, 32, 34, 36, 45, 33, 34, 83, 36, 37, 44, 38, 36 and 36. (The outlier of 83 was from the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.)


6) The overall medal count was won by the United States for the fourth consecutive Olympics. The U.S. earned 110 medals, compared to China's 100.


7) Per capita, China won one gold medal for every 25 million people in the country. The United States' per capita rate was one gold for every 8.5 million. The tiny island nation of Jamaica, which won a staggering six golds in Beijing, had a per capita rate of one gold for every 450,000 residents. Had China won at that rate, the country would have earned 2,889 golds.


8) Greece won 16 medals as the host country in 2004. Four years later, the founders of the Olympics managed just four -- their lowest total since 1992.


9) African countries won a total of 40 medals, the highest total in history for the continent.


10) Six countries won their first ever Olympic medals: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Mauritius, Sudan, Tajikistan and Togo.


11) Great Britain won 47 medals, the most in their history and a 17-medal increase from Athens. Expect an even higher total in 2012, when the Games will be held in London for the first time in 68 years. The last time Great Britain competed in a Summer Olympics on its home turf, they earned a disappointing three golds.


12) India has 17% of the world's population. They won 0.31% of Olympic medals.


13) China: 19.8% of population, 10.4% of medals.


14) United States: 4.6% of population, 11.5% medals.


15) Jamaica: 0.041% of population, 1.15% medals.


16) Iceland was the least populous country to win an Olympic medal.


17) Pakistan was the most populous country not to win an Olympic medal (164 million residents, sixth-largest nation in the world).


18) Michael Phelps would have finished tied for 9th in the gold medal count, ahead of countries including France, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico.


19) The rest of the world won seven golds in men's swimming events. Phelps, of course, won eight.


20) The United States won the most golds (7) and most total medals in the track competition (23), despite having what was widely considered a disappointing meet


21) More proof that boxing is dead in the United States: the country earned just one medal (a bronze) in the 12 boxing events. Even after three straight disappointing boxing performances at the Summer Games, the U.S. has still won the most Olympic boxing medals (109) in history.


22) China won 8 out of 12 possible medals in table tennis and 7 of 8 possible golds in diving.


23) Great Britain won 7 of 10 golds in track cycling and won 12 medals overall. The rest of the world earned 18 medals in the sport.


24) National gold-medal sweeps: Basketball (USA), Beach Volleyball (USA), Rhythmic Gymnastics (RUS), Synchronized Swimming (RUS), Table Tennis (CHN) and Trampoline (CHN).


25) Sweden had the best medal tally (4 silver, 1 bronze) without winning a gold.


26) Armenia won 6 bronze medals, but no gold or silver ones.


27) Speaking of former Soviet states, members of the former Soviet Union won a total of 173 medals in Beijing.


28) In 1992, Cuba finished 5th in the gold medal count. In 2008, the nation finished 28th.


29) From 1980 to 2008, Jamaica won three Olympic golds. In a span of six days in Beijing, Usain Bolt won three.


30) Sweden was a fixture in the top-three of the overall medal count for the early part of the 20th century. In Beijing, the Scandinavian country finished 38th and was shut-out in golds for just the second time in history.


31) Panama and Mongolia won the first gold medals in their respective histories.


32) China won 27 gold medals in judged sports.


33) The United States won 4 gold medals in judged sports.


34) China's "real" medal tally was 24/17/14/55.


35) The "real" medal tally for the United States: 32/31/27/80.


36) In all, 958 medals were handed out to athletes from 87 countries, the most medals and medal receipients in Olympic history.


Source - 36 facts about the Olympic medal count - Fourth-Place Medal - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports

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