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A Scandal In Bejing? Surely You Jest

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Two of China's in Olympic gymasts, including one of the world's best uneven bars competitors have been revealed to be too young to compete in Bejing given. Records show that both He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan (pictured) are both under the Olympic mandated minimum age of 16.

He is one of the few athletes in the world who has scored over a 17 under the new scoring system. Using He and Yang Yilin, who also has scored a 17 on bars, the Chinese hope to use the uneven bars to build up a big advantage in the team competition. The Americans, who won the 2007 world championships team title, have only one gymnast, Nastia Liukin, who's gotten a 17 on bars. If gymnasts He, a gold-medal favorite, and Jiang are under age, it would be yet another black eye for China in the buildup to the games. In June, Chinese swimmer Ouyang Kunpeng and coach Feng Shangbao were permanently banned from the sport after Ouyang tested positive for anabolic steroids. Wrestler Luo Meng and his coach also were barred for life for a doping violation by the athlete.


Call me crazy, but these Olympics might be kind of fucked. AP Report via USA Today