Now, finally the Olympic officials are calling for a review of the documentation proving the ages of the Chinese gymnasts who looked to be all of 10 years old. It’s good to see the review, but if our government wanted to produced documentation proving I was a 15-year-old ballerina it could do it and make it official. For the record, I am not 15.
So I think it’s a fruitless but necessary action. The Chinese have stage-managed the entire Olympics and left me wondering if there is any difference between a lipsyncing 8-year-old who isn’t cute enough for TV and a gymnast who isn’t old enough to see an R-rated movie. Or 16 for that matter.
I seriously doubt the Chinese would leave themselves open for the embarassment of handing back gold medals for cheating. They did cheat, no doubt, they just don’t plan to get caught.
I just caught an article on CNN.com that say the big dog of investigative journalism THE New York Times has found similar results as a number of bloggers showing that at least one of the gymnasts is indeed 14 years old. Gymnasts have to be 16 any time during the olympic year. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese do anything because the International Olympic Committee seems willing to do all that is necessary to get to the bottom of this matter. Fun, fun, fun.
The field hockey team has kicked off their season and look to be raring to go. Coach Jackin Nolan said guarding against over confindence will be important, but a problem she doesn’t think she’ll have too much of. The field hockey team, along with all of the other sports teams, starts soon. Keep an eye out for the return of sports coverage in the Sentinel and out sports source some time soon.
For any who didn’t notice, work has begun on the trestle bridge. Workers there said they plan to build a pad of rocks in the stream bed and work from that. Later, they’ll remove the rocks and thanks to the unique makeup of the Mettowee River the area will be no worse for wear.