Team China average age 19.5

Chinese officials last week unveiled a team bound for London with an average age of about 19.5 — nearly four years older than the minimum of 16 required to compete at the Olympics.

How did the Chinese team get so old in a sport that favors the flexibility of smaller, younger bodies? …

WSJ – The Age-Old Chinese Issue

That’s assuming the reported age of these girls is correct. But without the eldest of all, Cheng Fei.

It is surprising. Surprising that more young gymnasts were not able to push veterans off the team. Is Team China in decline? I was not particularly impressed at their Individual Nationals Championships 2011.

Here’s our defending Olympic Bar Champion, not a suspected age cheat this time, from earlier this season.

D: 7.1, E: 8.550, Total: 15.650.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Blossom’s heard that He’s upped the start score to 7.4 in an attempt to make the competing Team as a specialist.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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