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Poor Whining Babies – they didn’t win…boohoo

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on August 13, 2008

The American Female Gymnasts didn’t win the gold, and now they are whining like little school girls about it:

“Their passports are issued by a Chinese government that is very, very interested in winning lots and lots of gold medals, so while they may say they’re 15 or 16, five of the six team members have the appearance of pre-pubescent children. “The little babies,” is how U.S. coach Martha Karolyi refers to the Chinese gymnasts when speaking to her team, and they certainly are little. Li Shanshan (16) is 4-foot-9, 79 pounds. Yang Yilin (15) is 4-foot-11, 77 pounds. He Kexin (16) is 4-foot-8, 73 pounds. Jiang Yuyuan (16) is 4-foot-7, 71 pounds. But the prize goes to Deng Linlin (16), who’s listed at 4-foot-6 and a strapping 68 pounds. She could take a nap in Yao Ming’s sneaker. Poor thing’s also missing a tooth. Please, someone send baby food.” (From Sports Illustrated Wednesday August 13, 2008 5:07AM)

Considering that the average height of Chinese 20 year-old women is 5′ 0.8″ and the average height of American 20 year-old women is 5′ 4.6″ – the Chinese 16 year old female gymnasts are well within what can be considered normal for Chinese 16 year-olds.

For comparison – I was 4′ 6.9″ at age 16, and at age 20 I was 5′ 5.1. I grew almost a feet between 16 and 20!

Gymnasts are supposed to be graceful. Whining, crying and perpetuating silly rumors (confirmed or not) simply because you didn’t win the gold is simply bad manners, bad form and a disgrace and quite disgraceful. The American female gymnasts and their coach give all Americans a bad name as being sore losers, and only add to the reason why Americans are thought of as arrogant and bully-some and are generally disliked out-side the US. It’s sad that they cannot just admit that the Chinese Female Gymnasts were simply better than they.

Perhaps if the Americans had started training at age 4, and kept training 8-10 hours a day 6 days a week, they would have been as good – and as small? See, it is a scientifically established fact that vigorous training like what the Chinese are doing will inhibit growth as long as the training continues to that extent. There’s nothing fishy about the Chinese women’s gymnast team – they simply paid a little more in terms of blood sweat and tears to get where they are – at the top of the world.

The Americans are simply sore, whining losers and cry-babies. Boohoo….I can’t respect that kind of sportsmanship.

How about I start a rumor that Michael Phelps is really on some performance enhancement drug, because it’s absolutely impossible to slaughter the World records, Olympic records and win all those races and not be using some illicit drug. After all, doesn’t history prove this through Marion Jones and her co-“athletes”? Or Lance Armstrong…the great American “Athlete”?

The fact is that the Chinese Gymnasts’ size and age correspond very well with their background – Chinese rural poverty and Chinese Sports Schools.

Olga Korbut, who came from a similar Soviet Union background when she competed in Munich in 1972 at age 17, was only 4′ 11″ and weighed a tiny 45 kg…There is even evidence that Korbut smoked from age 10 in order to keep her weight down. We have her own testimony that the training regiment was torturous and that it was the reason for her success.

One can rightfully criticize the training methods used in China, but the TOUGH training regiment is the reason for their success, not a falsified age. They weigh and measure exactly what can be expected under the circumstances.




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Olympic Heroes

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 27, 2008

Since this Summer will see the Olympics Hosted by China, a highly controversial choice due to the Human Rights violations that we all know is being committed both in-side China and out-side, in Tibet, I think it’s proper to remind people of a few good things that can come of such an event. The prime example is the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Two of the heroes there were Jesse Owens and Lutz Long.

Jesse Owens 200 meter dasah start

It is important because if the world, including the US had boycotted those 1936 Olympics on account of the Human Rights Violations Hitler and his Minions committed before, during and after those Olympic Games, we would never have seen the picture above – Reproduction of photograph in “Die Olympischen Spiele, 1936″ p.27, 1936.”Jesse Owens at start of record breaking 200 meter race.”- Jesse Owens would nopt have been a Olympic Gold Medalist on 100 and 200 meters sprint, 4×100 m relay nor would he have been the Olympic Gold Medalist in Long jump.

Jesse Owens himself credited the Long Jump Gold Medal to Lutz Long, his fiercest competitor and Olympic Silver Medalist, whom Owens claimed had helped him with his technique: According to Owens, Long went to him and told him to try and jump from a spot several inches behind the line. Since Owens routinely made distances far greater than the minimum of 7.15m required to advance, Long surmised that Owens would be able to safely advance to the next round without risking another foul while trying to push for a greater distance.[…]”It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler… You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Lutz Long at that moment.” —Jesse Owens on being advised and congratulated by Luz Long at the 1936 Summer Olympics.”
Would that have been possible without the Summer Games of 1936? No.
Funnily enough, Jesse Owens’ great-nephew Chris Owens is a member of the German basketball league team ALBA Berlin. Might it be that he is because his great-uncle once had the guts to befriend a German? We probably won’t ever know, but I don’t hold for implausible that this might be the case.
Let’s remember people like Jesse Owens this summer, and do what Jimmy Carter didn’t – separate Sports from Politics, as Jesse Owens pleaded with him:

“A few months before his death, Owens had tried unsuccessfully to convince President Jimmy Carter not to boycott the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow, arguing that the Olympic ideal was to be a time-out from war and above politics.”

Lutz Long (left) and Jesse Owens, Summer Olympics Berlin 1936

The Story of Jesse Owens and Lutz Long, apart from telling a story about an Olympic Gold Medalist who would not have been, had the Summer Olympics been boycotted, also shows that Sports is above and beyond Politics.

Yes, horrible things went on in Germany at the time. But a boycott would not have changed that. The Story of Long and Owens further show us that in the midst of horrible events friends can be made, tricks and tips can be shared for the betterment of people. Many Athletes going to the Summer Olympics in Bejing 2008 will only have one chance to be seen, be applauded by the world, will only have one chance to be an Olympian. For us not to be there and cheer them on is as much a betrayal of the Olympian Ideal as it would have been for Jesse Owens to refuse help from Lutz Long based on his nationality and the actions government of his country. Let’s also remember that if Lutz Long had chosen not to help Jesse Owens on account of his skin-color, that too would have been a betrayal of the Olympian Ideal, and it would most likely have made Lutz Long a general Nobody in history, because there would have been no story to tell.

As a Human Rights Activist I see myself as obligated to try and find fairness and balance , look for when the human and the political collide and protect the human from political decisions that violates the rights of the Human. In this case I see the line between the Athletes and the Activists, and I stand firmly with the Athletes in their right to be sportsmen, not political pawns.


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Olympic torch lit despite protest

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 24, 2008

Olympic Torch Relay ProtestThe Olympic torch has been lit at a ceremony in Greece that was briefly disrupted by pro-Tibet activists. Protesters from media rights group Reporters Without Borders broke through the cordon of 1,000 police officers in Olympia as China’s envoy spoke.Activists had vowed to protest over the violence in and around Tibet.The torch will now be carried around Greece before being sent to China to start a journey through 20 countries, returning to Beijing on 8 August.

The route includes the torch being taken to the top of Mount Everest and through Tibet.

See map of Olympic torch relay route

As Liu Qi, head of the Beijing Olympic organising committee, spoke ahead of the torch lighting, three men broke into the ceremony venue.

One ran up behind him attempting to display a black flag depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs.

The men were from the France-based media rights watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders, or RSF), which has called for a boycott of the opening ceremony of the games. More…

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People, rats, cats and dogs…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 17, 2007

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Live rats are being trucked from central China, suffering a plague of a reported 2 billion rodents displaced by a flooded lake, to the south to end up in restaurant dishes, Chinese media reported. Rat vendors had been doing a roaring trade thanks to strong supply over the last two weeks, the China News Service quoted vendors as saying.”Recently there have been a lot of rats… Guangzhou people are rich and like to eat exotic things, so business is very good,” it quoted a vendor as saying, referring to the capital of Guangdong province, where people are reputed to eat anything that moves.”

Needless to say this article caused all kinds of reactions when posted in a Public Forum’s News Section. The Chinese are BAD people, because they eat rats, cats and dogs…

What people seem to forget is that cultural differences not only vary from country to country – but from time to time, and is very much dependent on circumstance and opportunity. Humans are basically opportunistic omnivores, and very versatile in terms of adaptation to their environment and available resources. We will scavenges for survival.

There is nothing to indicate that this in any way is a matter of morals, ethics or “development”.

There really is nothing that says that “our” way of doing things is the better way – just imagine how many poor and destitute would/could get a meal if rat was accepted as a food source in the West…or cats, dogs or pigeons, that would be caught and euthanized anyway, because we do not want them in our cities…

It seems to me that the Chinese have a good idea here – and though it seems repulsive to us – it seems to work for them, so why be morally self-righteous about it and show how culturally imperialistic we in the West are?

Feeding their poor on rat is a small issue, compared to the violations of human rights and civil rights going on in China. Nuh?

Now, this article should actually cause more ruckus, funny enough it didn’t…

Olympics highlight human rights in China

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writer

“Child labor. Forced abortions. Religious persecution. Jailed dissidents. Cultural cleansing in Tibet and ethnic cleansing in Africa. For China, the run-up to next summer’s Olympics in Beijing is looking like a marathon through a human-rights minefield.

It’s been decades since the games focused on which athletes were faster or stronger. But the Olympics have not been this politicized since the U.S.-Soviet boycotts of the 1980s.

China sees a chance to wow the world as it hosts its first event watched by billions of people. The increasingly image-conscious country will measure success both with medals and whether the 2008 Olympics burnish its rising star. That gives activists, governments and celebrities with a cause an opportunity to influence policies they’ve long assailed.

It’s tragic – rats, cats and dogs take precedence over humans and their rights not to be violated. I am not saying that we shouldn’t care about animals and their conditions. I truly think we should. But to me a news item about China, human rights violations and the Olympics is heavy-weight news in comparison to an article about how a Chinese Province tries to solve a problem that is a result of a natural disaster.

But then, what do I know, perhaps those rats, cats and dogs were humans in a former life…

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