Program Note: Reports are surfacing saying some of the Chinese gymnasts may be under age... at least two of the Chinese gymnasts might in fact be 14, two years younger than the Olympic minimum. Watch Randi Kaye's report tonight on 360°.
Today’s soldiers don’t travel lightly into war, but I never would have thought they, too, would be hit with these pricey new baggage fees at the airport. If I’m overloading on shoes, I get it - go ahead and charge me $50. But making troops traveling on orders pay $50 or more for the gear they need to stay alive seems wrong. Not all airlines are enforcing the new charges to military personnel, but the very idea of it really makes you think.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love watching the Olympics. Last night when I got home, it was all swimming and gymnastics – lots of joy and a little heartache, too. The strength, grace and determination of these young women – most of them in their teens – never fails to awe and inspire me.
The American women brought home silver. Gold went to the Chinese team, and along with it, a serving of controversy.
The Chinese women did perform better last night – even their music on the floor was more engaging. The issue is whether the team’s stars are really old enough to stand on the medals podium. Bela Karolyi commented to Bob Costas last night about these “14, 15 year old girls” when referring to China’s team. Karolyi – the man famous for coaching Mary Lou Retton to gold in 1984 – isn’t the only one who thinks the host nation’s math is a little fuzzy when it comes to their gold medal gymnasts. Sour grapes… or legitimate gripe?
Actions always speak louder than words, and sometimes those moves in the heat of the moment can also backfire – big time.
Let’s set the scene: college debate, low scores for one team, professor “drops trou” (as the kids say), and then comes… YouTube.
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