It appears the U.S. women's gymnastics team may actually get their coveted gold medals if an IOC investigation into the ages of the Chinese gymnastics team proves the little demons weren't all 16 years of age. After initially dodging all the questions, the findings of one U.S.-based blogger named Stryde Hax, has apparently prompted the IOC to respond, according to the Times of London.
An IOC official told The Times that because of "discrepancies" that have come to light about the age of He Kexin, the host nation’s darling who won gold in both team and individual events, an official inquiry has been launched that could result in the gymnast being stripped of her medals.
Wow. If He Kexin is stripped of her medals, the disqualification would probably mean a little more gold for the U.S. team and, of course, more embarrassing and troubling news for the host country. What's even more amazing is the fact that this possibly medal-altering revelation was initiated by "Stryde Hax" who's who's neither super-journalist or super-sports fan, but just a dude named Mike Walker who loves to Google Hack as a hobby.
"There was a conclusion here," Mr Walker said. "These documents existed, on a state-wide website, and now they don’t exist, and this change has taken place recently. I was interested because these were documents that no-one could find. If there’s information to be found on the internet I’m a citizen journalist - it was a challenge."
While every other of the 20,000 journalist covering the Beijing Olympics pranced around eating scorpions, it's a bit ironic that one extremely curious dude with a blogspot account might be the person who exposes one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history. Maybe he should get a medal too? International Olympic Committee Launches Probe Into He Kexin's Age [The Times Of London] Stryde Hax: Let's Go For The Gold Part II [Stryde Hax]