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Olympic Balls: Phelps Can’t Swim And Chinese Gymnast He Is A She

by | 14th, August 2008

NO small shock to learn that Michael Phelps, the “greatest ever Olympia” (all papers), can’t swim.

With his big ears and massive snaggle tooth, Phelps was too untelegenic for Beijing and was replaced by one Maurice Maurice, a French Canadian life guard and part-time catalogue model.

Now after that, the non-singing girl who proved that not ALL Chinese people look the same, and the non-firing fireworks, we find out more Olympic shock news, chiefly that teenaged He is a teenged she.

How old is He? The Associated Press notes:

Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government’s news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin was 13.

It turns out that this not only makes He a truly remarkable athlete, who can beat the best the rest of the world has to offer at just 13 years of age, but also make He illegile for combat.

Also He is a she.

In its report Nov. 3, Xinhua identified He as one of “10 big new stars” who made a splash at China’s Cities Games. It gave her age as 13 and reported that she beat Yang Yilin on the uneven bars at those games. In the final, “this little girl” pulled off a difficult release move on the bars known as the Li Na, named for another Chinese gymnast, Xinhua said in the report, which appeared on one of its Web sites, http://www.hb.xinhuanet.com

China wins the gymnastics, beating the USA team into second place, or Team USA as it its wont. And the US proves that having hissy fits, poking fun and crying unfair are not the preserve of pubescent brats.

Martha Karolyi, the U.S. national team coordinator, comments:

“One of the girls has a missing tooth,” – “suggesting that the gymnast was so young that she lost a baby tooth and had yet to have a permanent one emerge.”

The grin of Deng Linlin, a Chinese gymnast who is listed as 16, indeed revealed a wide gap. To be eligible for the Olympics, gymnasts must turn 16 this year. “I have no proof, so I can’t make an affirmation,” Karolyi said.

No but she can whisper loudly and make snide comments , and look like a bad loser. And that I soooo mqture….



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