Of Chinese Gymnastic Gold and Reggie Bush

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The Olympic flame burns best when fueled by the oxygen of controversy and drama. That torch was particularly bright last night after China’s women’s gymnastics team captured the team gold over the American squad. At the end of the broadcast, an animated Bela Karolyi — former US women’s national team coach — excitedly popped off to host Bob Costas about the Chinese team’s alleged use of an underage athlete.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but as I understand it the Olympics prohibits gymnastic competitors who aren’t 16 year of age by the end of the year. One of China’s best competitors appeared to be more than a few hairs short of 16 and apparently had a disputed birth certificate. China has the gold now so there’s little point in dispute, but they may have broken the rules in beating a solid group of American gymnasts.

Personally, and even with my patriotic heart of hearts, I say more power to them.


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Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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