Saturday, August 23, 2008

Chinese gymnast He Kexin's age: What's the evidence anyway?

If you're interested in learning more about what documents have been uncovered concerning the now-controversial age of Chinese gymnast He Kexin, see:

Stryde Hax: Hack the Olympics!

I don't know if the above sleuthing is the primary reason for the IOC finally pushing the FIG (the international gymnastics oversight body) to investigate the Chinese gymnasts' ages, but it's pretty interesting stuff.

Before reading this I wouldn't have thought that Internet sleuthing could lead to anything terribly incriminating or prove to be defensible but Stryde's post is making me reconsider. The distributed independent confirmation model of online sleuthing is a fascinating paradigm shift.

If He Kexin's age does prove to be 14 instead of 16, the US women's team would likely be awarded the gold team medal and Nastia Liukin would also be upgraded to gold in the Uneven Bars invidividual event medals.


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