Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Boooooo China, Boooooooo!

I hope not to strike a nerve with the Dude on this, and we look forward to his in-person report, but it's a bit disappointing that in one of the three biggest events of this Olympics (including men's hoops and any event involving Phelps), China won by cheating. I speak of women's gymnastics, where China won gold with a pair of 14-year olds that were given doctored passports to claim they were 16. They say the younger the gymnast, the more acrobatic and fearless they are, and the U.S. lost because they had a 20-year old who got nerves at the wrong term. I'm sure the Dude was conflicted watching from the stands, but boo on you, China.

10 comments:

ThadisRad said...

While it seems that China may have cheated on this, that is not why Team USA lost. The 14-year-olds did not make the American team forget how to walk on a balance beam or stay in bounds on the floor routine. Like Undude on the back 9 of a mini golf tournament, they simply lost their cool.

It seems to me that this is a fairly stupid rule, actually. Birth documents can easily be forged, so why not just let every age play and take out any potential controversey (because really, any sport based on judges, has all it can handle controversey-wise)? Every age is going to have its pros and cons, so let the coaches decide their strategy.

Head Dude said...

They used to let every age play until the mid-'90s, but then realized that 14 year olds had a distinct advantage over 24 year olds. Part of me agrees that regardless of who the opponent is, it's your own fault for making mistakes, but rules are rules, and it's just shady what happened. The only advantage a 20-year old has is boobs, and those don't help so much in gymnastics.

Big Daddy? said...

I don't see what the issue. Did not the Dude do the same thing with his application to Duke? Say he was 14 when in fact he was actually 23?

Head Dude said...

The Dude is actually 42 years old.

The Dude said...

I was at the women's team final - an electric atmosphere indeed... and dude, since when did people not cheat for the Olympics?

ThadisRad said...

Typical response of a Chinaman. I haven't seen such a lack of loyalty, well, since you were singing the Notre Dame fight song celebrating yet another touchdown against Roof's Rough Riders.

Head Dude said...

I like how the main English-speaking China newspaper today relegated women's gymnastics to page 7 ... because the Chinagirl lost.
U-S-A! U-S-A!

Big Daddy said...

What are we back in the 19th century?! Chinaman, chinagirl??? Come on I feel like I'm watching a episode of Kung Fu with some angry drunk insulting Kwai Chang Caine right before getting his butt kicked?

ThadisRad said...

Please, if it were the 19th century, basketball teams would pose for pictures slanting their eyes with their fingers...

Head Dude said...

It's really a shame we couldn't have joined the Dude in Beijing. I would've been giggling for 150 straight hours. I was planning to bring a gong, just so undude and I could've done our standard routine.