Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sweet 16!...If Only


The female U.S. gymnasts had a great team Olympics, winning the Silver medal, but to hear a lot of people talk, you would think that they were dismal failures for not winning the gold. Ahh, such is perspective...the guys win the bronze, which was unexpected, and it was like they won the gold, but the American girls are always expected to have the gold medal, therefore it is a disappointment. I, for one, am very proud of what they accomplished. What is disappointing is that the Chinese were somehow allowed to fake some passports and pass off their 12 or 13 year old gymnasts as 16, which is the stated legal age in this competition. If these girls are sixteen, then I have some moon dust to sell you. I have seen 4th graders that looked older. :-) So, nothing escapes finding a competitive advantage, whether it be blood doping for athletes or surreptitiously hiking up some numbers. It is unfortunate, but it has always been this way. Thankfully, there are always some great stories, like Michael Phelps, that we sports lovers can hold on to that carry us through to the next big thang. Go U.S.!


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