#1 Report: Hacker Uncovers Proof Chinese Gymnast Is Underage08-21-2008, 11:42 AMA determined U.S. computer expert has delved into cached pages on the Internet to unearth Chinese official documents showing a gymnast who took gold in the uneven bars competition, edging the U.S.'s Nastia Liukin, may indeed be underage.
Controversy over whether He Kexin is under the minimum age of 16 has surrounded her participation in the Beijing Olympics. The latest challenge over the age of the tiny Olympian comes from the discovery through a cyberspace maze of Chinese official documents listing her date of birth.
... First he simply tried Google, only to find that an official listing by the Chinese sports administration that had given her age could no longer be accessed. Then he tried the Google cache, only to find that He’s name had been removed.
Finally, he tried the cache of Chinese search engine Baidu. There, he found that Baidu lists two spreadsheets in He's name, both giving her date of birth as January 1, 1994 — making her 14 years and 220 days old and too young to compete at the Beijing games.
The lists were compiled by the General Administration of Sport of China.
Something may actually come of this story, I had presumed that the Chinese had covered their tracks too well.
08-21-2008, 12:12 PM
Maybe they should leave the story buried....wouldn't you mind a whole lot more if you were beat by a 14 year old than a 16 year old? If she was better than ours gymnist, no matter what her age...she was better....
I know rules are rules and need to be followed by all....
In 4 more years this little girl will come back and wipe the floor with all the other contestants.
08-21-2008, 12:29 PM
08-21-2008, 06:03 PM
Looks like somethin may come of this
The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the true age of their gold-medal winning gymnastics star because she was too young to compete.
An IOC official told The Times that because of "discrepancies" that have come to light about the age of He Kexin, the host nation’s darling who won gold in both team and individual events, an official inquiry has been launched that could result in the gymnast being stripped of her medals.
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