Chinese Gymnasts Aged 14, Official Document Shows
Chinese Gymnasts Aged 14, Official Document Shows

China's He Kexin kisses her gold medal after winning the women's uneven bars final on August 18, 2008. China's Yang Yilin won bronze. Both Chinese gymnasts are at the center of controversy for being underage for Olympic competition. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
China's He Kexin kisses her gold medal after winning the women's uneven bars final on August 18, 2008. China's Yang Yilin won bronze. Both Chinese gymnasts are at the center of controversy for being underage for Olympic competition. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

[xtypo_info]Update: Please see our updated article on the Chinese gymnasts' age scandal .[/xtypo_info]

An official Chinese document unearthed today provides further evidence in the ongoing scandal that China's gold winning women's gymnastic girls are just that  – girls.

The document, first discovered by a search engine hacker who goes by the alias of stryde.hax lists birthdates and hometowns for hundreds of China’s gymnasts.

The document, a spreadsheet titled “2006 Nationwide Gymnastics Registration Table,” is dated February 20, 2006 and lists two members of China's women’s gymnastics, Yang Yilin and He Kexin, as being only 14 years old. To compete, a gymnast is required to turn 16 in the year the Games are held.

The two gymnasts claimed four medals in total. He Kexin won a gold in the uneven bars and Yang won bronze medals in the uneven bars and in the overall individual competition. Both gymnasts were also part of China's gold medal winning women's team.

According to the document, He Kexin's birthday is January 1, 1994, while Yang Yilin’s birthday is Aug 26, 1993, making her 15 next week.

[caption id=”attachment_72432″ align=”alignleft” width=”320″ caption=”A cached document, which has been removed from the website of China

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