[quote=“the_average_white_man”][quote=“ac_dropout”]I don’t know about the logic behind cheating. Because there is really no advantage for being younger.
Sort of like the Canadian stripped of their medal for smoking marijuana during the snowboarding events.
To the casual observer these are disadvantages.[/quote]
In gymnastics, younger would certainly seem better, especially in the non-strength events. (Typically, the strength events would be the men’s rings and parallel bars, which is why we almost never hear of younger men being rushed into the Olympics.) Girls of a younger age would be slightly more flexible, and since smaller things turn faster, the tumbling and the jumps and the spins would seem to be more easily and elegantly pulled off by a smaller person.
Evidence or no, I’ve been teaching Asian kids for seven years and have NEVER seen a 16-year-old that small and that frail looking. The ChiComs cooked the books, which is why the entire Olympics is a sham and has been for decades. The IOC is possibly the weakest organization ever assembled, aside from the Legion of Doom. If the Wonder Twins can turn into a bucket of water and a dove and bring you down, you’re villainy is not that menacing…[/quote]
Having trained in olympic events with other athletes I cannot really say there is an advantage for a junior olympian vs. an olympian. The fundimental issues for athletes have always been innate talent, quality of training, and time devoted to training.
Unless you’re trying to state that in women’s gynastics the athlete peaks at 14? I can see an issue if an athlete has passed their prime. But to claim athletes that are not even near their physical prime as cheating against athletes that are in their prime, sounds like sour grapes.
If you can’t beat a 14 year old in any event, perhaps you don’t deserve to win?